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The Liverpool Basque by [Forrester, Helen]
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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.”
SUNDAY TIMES

“A gentle book … evocative but not sentimental”
NORTHERN ECHO

“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.”
BIRMINGHAM POST

“A beautiful, original story”
THE CITIZEN

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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1339 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New edition edition (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095CEUBE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ever heard of people known as Basques? By the time you have finished and enjoyed this vividly descriptive historical account by Helen Forrester, you will be sympathetically familiar with these hard working proud people whose background spans many centuries. Lying between France and Spain, the Pyrenees is their homeland!

After a necessary slow start, we are soon a fly-on-the-wall surveying the Echaniz family, who left their homeland to find a better life. This seafaring family disembark in Liverpool during the first decade of the 1900's. A staunch Catholic family, they find a house in the poorer end of Liverpool where parents, children, grand parents, uncles and aunts live under one roof, each one sharing the hardships as the first world war breaks out and bearing the dreadful fear for their men at sea. A fear too often realised by Liverpool dockland families.

Among tragedies, Tuberculosis, meagre food and inadequate warm clothing, a genuine friendship grows up between the young Manuel Echaniz and another young Basque lad he meets at School. This friendship is to last a lifetime.

A wonderfully told story based on true accounts, and brought to life by an author who's talent for the written word opens a window for which her reader can observe with wonder at a past-time unimaginable!
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Loved this book the first time many years ago. Reread quite a few times,then had a clear out of books. Years latter one of the first books on my kindle to be purchased. The story good,but the history of the Basques is a lot different to what I have learnt through news.
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This was different from other books. It seemed more like an Autobiography. Saying that I really liked it. It was very in depth about Manuels growing up and his extended family. The ending really took me by surprise though, very sad.
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what a brilliant storyteller. A great insight into Liverpool's history of life around the dockland and the different blend of nationalities all pulling together , a thoroughly enjoyable read. I almost wish I had been around during that era.
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I am reading it second time, I love it because I think some of her characters are
based on my Great-Grandfathers family, he came to Liverpool in 1868
and the De Abaitua family was in Liverpool from then on. J Williams
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I read this book during university as it was part of the literature list, and I was very pleased that this book was brought to my attention. It was the first book of Helen Forrester that I have read and I was very impressed. I found that I couldn't put the book down, and being from Liverpool myself, I felt an added connection with the history and locations referenced in the story. I would definitely recommend this book if historical stories are your type of thing. I have already passed my copy onto my mum.
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I really enjoy Helen Forrester book the story lines are very good once you start reading i don't wont to put it down
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By Susie on 1 Aug. 2013
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I got recommended to try this author and was not disappointed, good unusual story and would read her books again.
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