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When My Ship Comes In Hardcover – 22 Sep 2016

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (22 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751564583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751564587
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 819,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This book was recommended by a friend and didn't disappoint. I found this to be a gripping story of a type of life in the 1950s so different from my adolescence in Paris in the same era, a total eye opener. I see that this is the author's first book and can't wait to read another. Will it be a sequel ? I would love to find out more about Jeanie's life and possible achievements. I could see this book turned into a mini TV series. I highly recommend it.
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It is very rare to find a story that takes you with it for the full journey - as a mum to three kids it is also hard to carve out time to read and immerse yourself fully in a book - Sue wilsher has managed to achieve this with her debut novel - Flo Blundell is an amazing character and you walk every step with Her - I switched off from the day to day life and was there in the docks, the offices, the social events ... an amazing achievement - well done - I can't wait, won't wait for the next book from this talented author
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I downloaded this book mainly because I come from where it was set and have heard a lot of the stories from people who were here in the fifties. This story had me engrossed from the first chapter and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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Amazing to think this is the novelist's first book. It provides insight into 1950's Britain, and Essex in particular. It is a really enjoyable read that immediately draws you in to the lives of its characters. Long after you have finished the book its characters remain with you. Jeanie, will she fulfil her promise? Flo, what will become of her? This is such a pleasurable read and one that engages with issues that sadly remain as relevant today.
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This book is such a treat, I devoured it in two days. The characters are beautifully drawn, even the minor ones and the story is both gritty and gripping. What made this book for me though was all the carefully researched historical details, from football matches to back street abortions, which made for a fascinating read. I literally couldn't put it down - hard to believe this is a debut novel.
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Absolutely loved this story! Each time I picked this book up I fell into Flo's plight as a mum to provide for her family as well as trying to fulfill her own dreams for a successful career. A massive struggle back then and still can be today! At times a very emotional read and my only disappointment was when I'd finished the story!! Cannot wait for Sue's next novel!
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This book paints a vivid picture of working class life in the 1950s - it really makes you feel the writer has lived it! Coming from Birmingham - home of many factory villages - the story held a special fascination for me. Gritty and gripping to the end; I'd definitely recommend this.
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A great debut novel by Sue Wilsher.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters in it. Can't wait for Sue's next novel.
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