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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press; New Ed edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000636540X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006365402
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fascinating autobiography which has also gained a new topicality! highly gripping and entertaining' Birmingham Post '!should be long and widely read as an extraordinary human story and social document' Observer

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 over thirty years now she has made her home in Alberta, Canada. In 1988 she was awarded an honourary D.Litt. by the University of Liverpool in recognition of her achievements as an author.


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During the summer of 1983, avid readers of "Twopence to Cross the Mersey" and "Minerva's Stepchild" queued in the bookshops of Liverpool and Birkenhead, eager to purchase a copy of "By the Waters of Liverpool" signed by the author whose visit to North West England coincided with the publication of the paperback edition. If you have enjoyed earlier volumes of Helen Forrester's autobiography you will be just as impatient to buy this next installment as were readers from her native Wirral twenty years ago.
At the beginning of "By the Waters of Liverpool", we meet Helen as a 'gaunt smelly beanpole' of almost eighteen, earning a meagre ten shillings per week as a clerk for a charitable organization, and studying commercial subjects along with French and German at night school. The author takes us back to that dark, dank day when a bankrupt 'Father' and desperately ill 'Mother' arrived at Lime Street Station with their seven children-and nothing else. Readers familiar with the story will probably find this recapitulation far too long-winded, but it is essential if new readers are to understand how an earnest child of twelve developed into that 'gaunt smelly beanpole', a vile covering for a sensitive young woman. The theme of the book is Helen's metamorphosis, the gradual splitting of the 'beanpole' to reveal a being 'afloat on happiness' on the banks of the Mersey. It is a flood tide of stories, containing much more than can be put across in a review. Remember, though, that metamorphoses almost always involve searing pain. Throughout the book, you will see the 'gaunt smelly beanpole' tossed about like flotsam drifting on the Mersey, wrenched apart, damaged by the hardness, the sharpness of others, but sometimes treasured.
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Having read this biography as a young teenager it never fails to amaze me how accuratly the autor remembers her young self and all the teenage angst she endured.
The trials she came through are nothing short of a miracle, she endured a horrific early life but she never swaps her sense of humour for self pity.
As she vividly guides you through her past you can't help feel admiration for the strength of character she displayed, and for the honesty she descibes her own short comings.
My only negative criticism I have is that after "Lime Street At Two", there is no futher book in print to continue this remarkable life.
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This is the third book in the series of Helen Forrester's autobiography. Equally as good as the first two.

Am I the only one to get confused by the last chapter? It rather spoiled the last book in this series, for me, because it was in fact, the end of her autobiography. When I read the fourth book, I already knew the ending. Why was it put at the end of the third book? We suddenly jumped more than ten years, with completely new characters. It was very confusing to read.

I would advice anyone wanting to read this, not to read the last chapter (March 1950), until you've finished Lime Street at Two.
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Helen Forrester's autobiographies, (there are 4 in the series), are a moving, gritty and honest account of life in Liverpool during the second world war. They tell the truth about poverty, beginning in Helen's childhood and proceeding throughout the four books to her adulthood and experiences of working for a pittance.

I am so pleased that these books have been reproduced on Kindle - I haven't yet read them in this format and so cannot judge if they have reproduced faithfully and without error. However, I have no hesitation in giving them five stars as I feel these books are important as a historical study as well as a gripping read. I have noticed that quite a few TV productions, films and modern books depict some alarmingly glaring errors regarding life in Britain between the 1930's -50's, particularly ignoring the dire poverty and the class conscious mentality of the people. Helen's story is much more in keeping with the experiences I heard of from my parents and grandparents.

By The Waters Of Liverpool is the third book in the series - the story starts with Tuppence To Cross The Mersey.
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An inspiring, and simply graphic autobiographical account of courage and determination against the backdrop of the 1930's depression in Liverpool. Helen Forrester, fights against starvation, poverty, psychological and physical torment. Her story is told in 4 sequels, this book being the third. It will leave you with a compulsion to find out what happens next.
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I have enjoyed all of Helen Forrester's autobiographies. They give a very uncomfortable insight into the poverty endured by the urban poor between the Wars. I think these books should be compulsive reading for a generation growing up in Britain to-day, where a new mobile phone, designer outfit or the latest computer game is considered a necessity.

The books are beautifully written and are not without humour, which makes the reader appreciate even more the courage behind an individual's struggle to make ends meet, often in impossible circumstances.
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Another fantastic read only one book of the series to go. What a great writer Helen Forrester is. I had never heard of her before starting this series of books, will definitely be recommending her to my friends. The time scale for this series is just slightly ahead of when I was born and growing up, but I also lived through the war and can relate to so much of what she has written dying to start on the final book.
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