A powerful story of heartbreak and hope, from the bestselling author of Twopence to Cross the Mersey
For the dozen families who live in court No.5 near the Liverpool docks it’s more than a place to live, it is a community. Their tiny, tenement houses are among the worst slums in Europe, but the warmth of family, friends and neighbours is a constant support.
For Martha Connolly, each day is a struggle. Her husband, Patrick, is more often out of work than not and Martha must use all her ingenuity and spirit to feed and clothe her nine children.
With rumours of war, it seems that the coming hostilities will mark a change for the families in the court, not least because Patrick and the other men have the possibility of real work. But the war, and the council’s plans to re-house, will break up families and communities. Hard though it is, this is the only life that Martha has known and she will fight to prevent it being swept away.