From the Back Cover
In the early years of this century, many Basques left their homeland in the Pyrenees, between France and Spain, to seek a better life in the New World. Most passed through the great port of Liverpool on their way. The family of little Manuel Echaniz stayed.
'The Liverpool Basque' is the story of Manuel’s childhood and coming of age in the teeming streets of the Mersey docklands. It is a story of poverty, comradeship, hardship and generosity. Brought up by women while the men are at sea, Manuel grows up with a fierce pride in his heritage and a powerful will to survive in an era of deprivation and unemployment. Against all odds, he gets himself an education of sorts, and sets off on the long voyage of his life.
“Enjoyable … moving. The author loves her subject and writes with conviction.”
“A gentle book … evocative but not sentimental”
“Broad in scope, fast-moving, and redolent of a busy manufacturing port at the turn of the century. Manuel … and all the rest of the relatives and neighbours spring from the page full of vitality and indomitable spirit.”
“A beautiful, original story”
About the Author
Helen Forrester was born in Hoylake, Cheshire, the eldest of seven children. For many years, until she married, her home was Liverpool, a city that features prominently in her work. For many decades, she made her home with her husband and son in Alberta, Canada. Helen died in 2011 aged 92.