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Birmingham Friends (Charnwood Library) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Apr 2000

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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Charnwood (Large Print); Large type edition edition (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708991548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708991541
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,635,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In desperate times, good friends are there... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

Perhaps the first thing to say about 'Birmingham Friends' is that is IS the same book as 'Kate and Olivia!' Many apologies to anyone who has bought the same book twice. It was originally published as 'Kate and Olivia,' but my publisher decided it would fit in better with the other books if we re-titled it. This all happened a long while ago but there are still copies of both books about.

The story is one of two friends growing up before and during the Second World War in Birmingham. Olivia is quite a privileged girl, especially by the standards of the time. But the story shows that higher social standing did not necessarily insulate anyone from some of the sad things that could happen to women at that time. I have never forgotten the haunting descriptions I heard from a nurse who had worked in one of the city's mental hospitals just after the war.

As well as being the story of Kate and Olivia and what happened to them, it is also that of Anna, Kate's daughter, after her mother's death in the 1980s. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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