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When My Ship Comes In: Will she sacrifice her dreams to care for her family? by [Wilsher, Sue]
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Packed with drama, dark humour and shocking truths about life for working class women nearly 60 years ago, When My Ship Comes In is a compelling first novel, a gritty page-turner... Wilsher has produced a remarkable debut, a gritty, rollercoaster story of love and loss, hardship and hope, family and friendship and an eye-opening reality check for a new generation of women for whom such limited options in life are now, in the main, just a part of history. Her evocation of a past era, with its struggles and stresses, and her charismatic cast of assorted characters - from lovable Flo to her more complex daughter Jeanie - are beautifully portrayed and make this a must-read for all women's fiction fans, and for book clubs and discussion groups everywhere. (Pam Norfolk Lancashire Evening Post)

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A dramatic and emotional saga set in 1950s Essex from a great new voice

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (22 Sept. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ERVIUOU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sue Wilsher’s debut novel is a sweeping story of one woman’s success against all the odds. Flo is a cruise ship cleaner on Tilbury Docks, who dreams of one day buying ‘Ten Pound Pom’ tickets and taking her children and elderly mother to Australia to start a new life. However, her husband Fred, scarred mentally from losing both of his parents in a bombing raid, takes his solace in drink and hitting Flo, and he has other ideas. After Fred is sacked from the docks, a stroke of luck lands him a job at Mondays, a progressive manufacturer of leather goods, and for a while things seem to improve, but it’s not long before Fred reverts to type. Flo, who has plans for her own career, makes progress in spite of Fred’s destructive tendencies, but has a fight on her hands to maintain the life she wants for her and her three children.

Sue Wilsher’s narrative is gripping from page one. She captures the voices of three very different women, linked by blood, and their experiences of life in post war Britain. Flo, and her twin daughters Jeannie and Babs take turns to tell the story, and we experience life through their eyes throughout the novel. There are moments of humour in sharp counterpoint to the drama that balance the narrative elegantly, and the three voices work well together to explore the contrasting experiences of three women who have very different expectations from life. The supporting cast of women are all beautifully realised, too, and demonstrate the rigid social hierarchy of the time beautifully. Maggie Monday, especially, is a complex and layered character whose interactions with Flo are a real highlight in a novel full of highlights.
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It's not often I find a book that I can't put down. A thrilling read. Full of emotions and suspense. The characters are all interesting and it's so easy to feel the connections growing whilst you become more submerged into the story. If you love a book that gets you obsessed with the characters and story line then this one is for you. I am hoping Sue Wilsher writes another book pretty soon, I can't wait.
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Well one of the many emotions I was left with after reading this brilliant book was: I'm jolly pleased to have been a woman in "my" decades as opposed to the 1950's. Makes me appreciate all the more the women who were, and who were trapped in so many ways (economically, matrimonially, intellectually etc) Found myself really rooting for Flo as she evolved through the book, and I was left SO wanting to hear more about Jeannie in any future book Sue may write. I also thought she depicted the docks atmosphere and culture to life very effectively (as watching a subsequent documentary really confirmed!) Sue is fantastic at bringing to life the far stricter social "codes" that existed 60 years ago and the invisible barriers it was so hard to cross. Burst into tears at the end but can't say why because that would be a "spoiler!" Really recommend this as a read for anyone interested in the evolution of equality, and of course as a superbly good read in itself.
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To enjoy a novel, I need to believe in the characters and I did from the start. Flo was a character to empathise with and I felt myself rooting for her throughout the book. She was the backbone of the family and went through many struggles to keep them all together. It was easy to dislike Fred, who lurched from one disaster to another. However Sue had delved into his background for her readers, so we had some understanding of his actions and why he drank to escape his past. Many issues were covered in this book, such as unwanted pregnancy, tenement life, teenage pregnancy, abusive relationships, women's role in the workplace. Which Sue writes about with warmth and flair, to transport us back to post war Essex.
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If you are looking for a book you cannot put down, & characters who will stay with you long after you've read the last page, then this book is a must. The descriptions are beautiful & the story lines draws you in, forcing you to stay up late to finish it. A beautiful read. I hope there will be many more novels to follow this one.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book to the point where I couldn't put it down! The characters were so real and I really cared about what happened to them. Being familiar with the area the local details added to the story and the descriptions were brilliant. I am looking forward to reading the next book by Sue Wilsher and I hope she writes many more.
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I read all kinds of books. Mystery, Crime, Thrillers, Romance, Historical.. I love all kinds of books. So when I received ‘When My Ship Comes In’ I was intrigued by the book description and started reading as fast as I could.

In ‘When My Ship Comes In’ we meet Flo. Flo is a wife, mom of three and hard worker living in the fifties. Life is hard on Flo. Her husband Fred is an abusive, drunk with a bad temper. But times are very different back then. Flo isn’t able to leave her husband, and must endear the things he does. But when Fred loses his job again, he is forced to leave the town he knows to find other work. Thankfully Fred finds a job at Monday’s. There everything is almost too good to be true. At Monday’s they get work for Flo and her girls too, and a nice home where they can live with luxuries Flo and her family has never known. But soon Fred is getting out of control again, and Flo and her family can lose everything they’ve worked for.

Well, this book wasn’t a feel good one for sure. I definitely had a hard time reading this story at times, but I also couldn’t stop until I knew how this story would end. Woman definitely had a hard time back then, and I can’t imagine living the way Flo did. There where moments while I was reading this book, I wanted to scream at Flo to stand up to her husband. But I realize times where very different back then. It’s hard to understand though..
I was happy to read when Flo seemed to grow as a person, and finally started to realize she had to change their life. In the end she did what she had to do, and I actually felt proud of her.

Sue Wilsher definitely has a way of writing, and I’m amazed this book was her first novel.
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