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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book and just could not put it down. Evoking the 1950's attitudes and lifestyles so vividly, it describes one woman's struggle to better herself. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book literally changed my life! How many of us still intimidated by men at work, at home, at school and without the first step, realising it you can't do anything against it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by LILLA OSBORNE
A factory town in 50s Essex proves a colourful, gritty setting for this story of a young mother's determination to better herself and do the best for her family. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Marion
My book group read this as we're in Essex, where the story takes place. I really enjoyed the characters, especially the daughter who wants an education, against all the odds! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Moodally
I really enjoyed this book. The female characters in particular are well developed and engaging and I really cared about them by the end. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Gabrielle M.
Having grown up in the area in which the book is set, I not only loved getting to know the great characters in this novel but also reading about many of the areas I recognised from... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Miss L. L. Fitzgerald
Sue Wilsher's book "Whern my ship comes in" works on different levels: entertaining novel per se, detailed historical novel and compassionate documentary about the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Joelle C. Dupuy
Amazing to think this is the novelist's first book. It provides insight into 1950's Britain, and Essex in particular. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Anna P.