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Opening in September 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War, Lavender Road follows the lives of a number of people who live in one South London street through the first year of hostilities.
Lavender Road, set between Lavender Hill and Clapham Common, boasts a pub, two rows of terraced working class homes and overlooking the common at the top end of the road, two big houses, one owned by the local brewer Greville Rutherford and the other by the glamorous eccentric Mrs D’Arcy Billière. Everyone in the road suspects that their courage will be tested and that the war will change their lives, perhaps for ever …
For Joyce Carter, care-worn but resilient, the outbreak of war means a struggle to keep food on the family table. For her daughter, wild, sexy Jen, it may mean an end of her dream to become an actress. For shy asthmatic Katy Parsons, the pub landlord’s daughter, it offers a chance to break free from the life of an invalid if only she can summon the courage to defy her parents and enrol as a nurse. For Pam Nelson, a sickening see-saw of emotions as she fights attraction to her handsome Irish lodger, and for her husband Alan, the demoralising discovery that despite his desperate desire to do his bit, he is considered unfit to enlist. For seventeen year old Louise Rutherford, rich pretty and naïve, it offers grand illusions of romance.
This compelling novel creates a rich tapestry of life which depicts in all its vivid detail the story of London at War.
‘Helen Carey’s characters are so real that they live on with you beyond the page. Warm, lively and enriching. Storytelling at its best.’