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War brings fresh difficulties to the East End (Tanner Trilogy Book 3)

By Harry Bowling

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A warm and authentic story of Cockney life during the Second World War.

Salmon Lane is a quiet Bermondsey backstreet lined with modest brick houses and paved with cobbles. For Carrie Tanner it's home. She's worked hard to build her own business and has earned the grudging respect of her business rivals - even the Galloways, both father and son.

Personal feuds, though, are overshadowed by the outbreak of the Second World War, which brings the terrors of the Blitz to the neighbourhood. This close-knit community is forced to draw on all their reserves of courage and humour to survive the difficulties of poverty, rationing and nightly air raids.

And even as the men are called up, go missing in action or are killed, and homes are bombed, their extraordinary Cockney spirit shines through ...

Biographical Notes

Harry was born in 1931 in a back street off the Tower Bridge Road. Only when his own children began to ask questions about the war, did Harry realise how many stories he had to tell. He became known as 'the King of Cockney sagas', and he wrote eighteen bestselling novels of London life. After Harry died in 1999, the Harry Bowling Prize was set up in his memory.

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  • ISBN: 9780755340392
  • Publication date: 10 Sep 2015
  • Page count: 544
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The tangled lives of an East End community bring friendship, romance and danger. Harry Bowling's That Summer in Eagle Street is a wonderfully warm and authentic saga set in London in the aftermath of the Second World War. Perfect for fans of Lizzie Lane and Pam Evans.Eagle Street is a little backstreet off the Tower Bridge market, home to a close-knit community of diverse characters.Dora and John Weston live in one of the small terraced houses with their five children. Amongst their neighbours are the two street gossips; Doris and Phyllis, who know everyone's business and aged Bill Simpson, who tends his pigeons and watches the glorious sunsets from the flat roof of Sunlight Buildings.It was on this same roof in the summer of 1940 that Linda Weston first fell in love with Charlie Bradley - a childhood crush which has developed and stood the test of separation. Now Charlie has returned from having done his National Service, keen to make a good future with Linda. When they are both offered jobs by the notorious Carter brothers - local gang leaders - they jump at the chance. But the rival 'Kerrigan' gang hears of the Carters' success and decides that something needs to be done about it - putting Charlie and Linda at risk... What readers are saying about That Summer in Eagle Street: 'Absolutely loved it! Loved the Cockney dialect too. Found myself hooked from the first page, it's almost like you become part of the community and know the characters personally. It's an excellent read''Harry Bowling was a brilliant writer. His characters were always believable and loveable'

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