When two young women, Lily and Ida, meet on a flight to America they embark on a relationship that is to see them through two very different marriages and is to bring them comfort and distress, joy and tragedy, in equal measure as the years unfold.
One Pair of Feet
As the effects of the war raging in Europe begin to be felt at home in London, Monica Dickens decides to do her bit and to pursue a new career, and so enrols as a student nurse at a hospital in rural Hertfordshire. By nature clever and spirited, she…
Closed at Dusk
'All's well' at The Sanctuary, the country home of William and Dorothy Taylor. A haven of tranquillity for their family and friends, the magnificent public gardens of the estate are their pride and joy, and an enchantment to the steady stream of…
Rose Wood is almost thirteen and and lives in the Wood Briar Hotel, a cosy country guest house near the sea, which she helps run with her parents. But Rose, although favourite with all the guests and loved by her parents, feels very ordinary: she is…
Summer at World's End
Tom, Carrie, Em and Michael are still living on their own at World's End. In between wondering where the next meal will be coming from, and trying to avoid interfering grown-ups, they are never short of fun and excitement. Carrie cannot stand to see…
Spring Comes to World's End
With their parents away working on a boat in the Mediterranean, Tom, Carrie, Em and Michael have learnt to look after themselves and their menagerie of animals at home in their sprawling house. As their Uncle Rudolph threatens to deprive them of…
Kate and Emma
Monica Dickens's novel, first published in 1965, opens in a Juvenile court in London. One of the young offenders is a sixteen-year-old girl, Kate, who is described as being in need of care and protection. In the court is a girl only slightly older,…
Ballad of Favour
The summer is over and Rose Wood leaves the Wood Briar Hotel for school. Rose misses the summer buzz and her freedom from school, and with several weeks passing by quietly since her magical adventure with the Great Gray Horse she worries that her…
No More Meadows
'Times are changed with him who marries; there are no more bypath meadows where you may innocently linger, but the road lies long and straight and dusty to the grave.' So wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. Christine feels bound to agree. 'My wife can do…
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