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The Four Streets (The Four Streets Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Nadine Dorries
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Book Description

1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit Irish Catholic community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up.

One is motherless - and hated by the cold woman who is determined to take her dead mother's place. The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not let slip to anyone, lest it rips the heart out of the community.

What can the people of the Four Streets do when a betrayal at the very heart of their world comes to light?

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'The characters are engaging, the streets scenes cinematic and the theme of the novel - abuse, both sexual and domestic - powerful' The Times. 'A heartbreaking tale' The Liverpool Echo. 'Believable and touching' Bedfordshire Today. 'Angela's Ashes with a scouse accent' Irish Times. 'A vigorous and vibrant story ... As fast-paced as it is entertaining. An addictive novel to be devoured in one sitting' Sunday Express. 'I couldn't put it down' Cristina Odone.

About the Author

Nadine Dorries grew up in a working class family in Liverpool, as is now an MP. She appeared on 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' in 2012.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1030 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178185758X
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (8 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FD3NK4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,812 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My books are set in the midst of an Irish community in the 1950's and 60's. THE FOUR STREETS, is the first of three and the story begins in Liverpool with the second book in the trilogy, HIDE HER NAME, moving across to the west coast of Ireland. Number three, THE BALLYMARA ROAD, is where we leave the story of Kitty. The books are described equally often as 'funny' and 'dark.' There's a murder, a ghost (unconnected) and lots of love and laughs. I hope that what the trilogy achieves is a fictional depiction of life as it was for a poor Irish community during that time, good and bad. RUN TO HIM, is my 'one day novella' (I claim ownership of that genre description here and now!) for those who want something slightly shorter.
I began writing when my youngest child left home for university and I was left with an empty nest. As a result, I would encourage anyone who has always wondered if they could write, to have a go. You just never know what may happen. It doesn't matter how many hours a week you work, everyone needs downtime. For me, it has led to a deep contentment and happiness that has helped me to fulfil so many other roles in my life and, without doubt, I am a better person as a result of the enjoyment I derive from writing in my spare time.
I live between Westminster and Bedfordshire with my vet partner Chris. I have three wonderful daughters and two beautiful dogs.
I claim no Parliamentary expenses and use my MP salary and earnings from writing to subsidise my public role as an MP.

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174 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 23 April 2014
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I had to give this book 5 stars based on the fact that I couldn't put it down. Based on an Irish community in the Docks of Liverpool this book is realistic, humorous & emotional. The characters are so well written that I was genuinely touched whenever anything good or bad happened to one of them. I expected a light hearted tale of Liverpool folk & it was slightly darker than that which surprised me, but then also inspired some respect because it tackles some difficult and real issues of the time
Being really honest, I saw Nadines' tweet that the book was cheap on Amazon & (terribly) because she's an MP I didn't expect much - how wrong I was, I loved this book & can't wait for the next one. I would definitely recommend this - she's wasted as an MP, excellent author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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As a back-handed compliment to the author, due to her age, the book has been written as a result of research, not experience. I grew up in a similar Irish/Catholic community in the north of England and, of course we had family in Liverpool, (as well as New York and Chicago, the usual Irish far-flung family).
In growing up in this community, religion was a strong part of day to day life, but very few people attended church on a daily basis, as the author implies, and, as a (former) altar boy I should know. Little more than a handful of people would attend daily mass, mostly women and this in a parish which filled the church for 5 masses every Sunday.
At the same time, priests were very involved in the lives of their parishioners, though none to my personal knowledge like Nadine's cleric. Little things jarred, such as women putting on their lipstick to go to a funeral, LIPPY for a funeral? In the 1950's any women wearing lipstick, or any other visible makeup to a funeral, would have been tutted out of the church! (I attended a catholic funeral this week, back in my home town and parish, and the only women with the "full slap" on were all under 30.)
Small elements like this jarred at times, but overall I still enjoyed the book, and would not wish to deter others from reading it.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 30 April 2014
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I enjoyed this book. It's the story of a Liverpool docker and his family, and of the community in which they live – predominantly of Irish extraction, with roots and extended family over the water. Before I had read very much I knew I would want to finish it, which to me is the acid test of a novel.

Aware of Ms Dorries as a distinctly non-posh Tory MP unafraid of speaking out, I was curious as to what sort of novel she might write. When a Telegraph reviewer described it as the worst novel he had ever read I wondered whether that was a strictly objective judgement and wanted to see for myself. Well, it certainly isn't the worst novel I've ever read.

It's not hard to find fault with a first novel: I thought a couple of Ms Dorries' plot devices were a touch simplistic and her characters sometimes go from elation to gloom and despondency without much in between. Against that, however, she writes fluently (or her editor does) and she doesn't over-write: she does enough, but leaves some of the work to the reader's imagination, which is how I like it.

Ms Dorries creates believable characters: some you love, some you don't. I engaged with the characters and their world from the outset, enjoyed their stories and wanted to know what happened to them. I still do: I am looking forward to the sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 24 Jun. 2014
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I just wanted to let people know that this book was wonderful I took a little while to get into it thinking it was just going to describe individual families along the street but as the story develops it really draws you in and you long for a happy outcome.I can't wait to get what I hope will be a continuation of the story to find out how Nellie and Kittys story develops.
I admit I was sceptical as an MP shes not one of my favs but as an autor she was great.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Four Streets 7 May 2014
By nicola
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Fantastic read that will keep you gripped from start to finish. Well done Nadine Dorries. Wasted in politics, keep writing please.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1st book 11 May 2014
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Love this type of book and only got it after reading the reviews I can't wait to find out what happens to kitty and the rest if the four streets residents hurry up and release it I literally could not put this book down
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read!! 30 May 2014
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OMG, this has got to be one of the best books I've read in a while. I even ended up reading allowed to my husband. We were both gripped! A great story with so much passion in the writing. Would highly recommend this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive!! 30 May 2014
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From the moment I began reading I enjoyed this story. Was very disappointed when I got to the last page!
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