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That Summer in Eagle Street

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling

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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As Time Goes By

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling

Heart-breaking and compelling, this is the story of a community in its darkest, and yet finest, hour. As Time Goes By is a vivid portrayal of an East End community struggling to survive the horror of the Blitz, from much-loved author, Harry Bowling. Perfect for fans of Annie Murray and Cathy Sharp.Carter Lane is an ordinary backstreet in Bermondsey and, for Dolly and Mick Flynn, it is home. They've raised their family with not much money but lots of love. When World War Two breaks out, they know that nothing will be quite the same again. As the Blitz starts to take its toll and the close-knit community in Carter Lane endures the sorrows and partings which they had dreaded above all else, they find comfort in one another and solace in the knowledge that their wounds will eventually heal - as time goes by. What readers are saying about As Time Goes By: 'I have read all of Harry Bowling's books and have enjoyed every one. This book makes you feel like you know each one of the characters personally. I became so absorbed in their lives I was disappointed that it came to an end''Well done Harry! Yet another cracking book. All the characters are brought to life. You can actually imagine the way everyone lives. I have read all Harry Bowling's books and loved every one!''Could not put it down - read it in 48 hours'

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Waggoner's Way

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling

In a backstreet of East London, two families support each other through thick and thin. Waggoner's Way is a poignant novel by much-loved author Harry Bowling that captures the spirit of a community often faced with brutal hardship - yet determined to laugh whilst doing so. Perfect for fans of Annie Murray and Dilly Court. Waggoner's Way is a small back street in Bermondsey, home to a close-knit community of predominantly railway folk and their families. The Brennans and Kellys are among those who live there. They have been friends for years; Joe Brennan works as a train driver, Tom Kelly as a shunter; and Ada and Mary, their wives, patiently spend much of their time trying to untangle their children's tangled love lives. And, together, they help one another survive the worst of times. What readers are saying about Waggoner's Way: 'I read this book in about three days! Fantastic, realistic, believable storytelling will have you rooting for the characters to overcome their hardships and will show the meaning of "love thy neighbour"''Just love Harry Bowling, he has a way of telling an East End story that makes it seem so real'

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One More for Saddler Street

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling

For the families in Saddler Street, drama is always just around the corner. Harry Bowling's post-war saga, One More For Saddler Street, is a tale of the families that inhabit one East End London street, and the dramas and events that make up their lives. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Dilly Court. Saddler Street is like many of the other little backstreets of Bermondsey, with its row of two-up, two-down terraced houses standing in the shadow of Allen's Wharf.Number 5 is home to the Johnson family, but the atmosphere inside the four walls is not always as happy as the neighbours may think. Lana Johnson - young, intelligent and strikingly attractive - is getting serious with the local small-time villain, Ben Ferris. And everyone except Lana herself is sure that the match will end in tears.Next door to the Johnsons lives Lottie Curtis, a kind-hearted widow they have taken under their wing. For decades Lottie has been foster mother to children from broken homes. Only Jimmy Bailey has ever demonstrated in a practical way the debt he owed to Lottie - until the war intervened and he was called up. But it's 1946 and Lottie is facing her eightieth birthday alone. When Jimmy, now demobbed, teams up with Lana to organise a reunion of all the old lady's children as a birthday treat, there's more than one surprise in store... What readers are saying about One More For Saddler Street: 'I am hooked on Harry Bowling books! Fantastic storytelling puts you right into the action''Once again I find myself engrossed in the Bermondsey back streets as the folk go about their daily lives'

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The Farrans of Fellmonger Street

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling
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The Whispering Years

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling

As a young woman discovers some bitter truths, her own future is thrown into disarray. Secrets from the past return to haunt the present in touching saga The Whispering Years, from much-loved author Harry Bowling. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Lizzie Lane.Susan Parry is twenty-one and impatiently awaiting the return of her fiancé, Alan Woodley, from the army. Although her father has been dead for many years, Susan's memories of her parents' marriage are happy ones and she looks forward to the day when she and Alan can share in that happiness.But the discovery of some old letters soon forces her to face some bitter truths about her parents - and even the nature of love itself... What readers are saying about The Whispering Years: 'I couldn't put the book down; it was so interesting. All the characters were believable and I couldn't guess how the story would end. It was funny and also sad, will definitely read more by Harry Bowling''Harry has produced yet another brilliant book!... The book is absolutely fantastic, a great read - well done Harry'

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Pedlar's Row

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling
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The Chinese Lantern

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling

Born on opposite sides of the world, war brings two young people together. In The Chinese Lantern, Harry Bowling writes a heart-wrenching saga about the strength of love and the brutality of war. Perfect for fans of Annie Murray and Dilly Court.In May 1929 two babies are born on the same day on opposite sides of the world. In Tanners Alley in Bermondsey, Ruby Neal gives birth to a son, Paul. On the edge of a paddy field in Eastern China, a young woman dies giving premature birth to a girl. A travelling trader takes pity and takes the tiny child to the Anglican mission to be cared for. He becomes the child's guardian and names her Mei Li Ching.By the time Paul and Mei Li reach their twenty-first birthdays, they could not have had more different lives. And it is only as a consequence of war that they ever meet. Instantly attracted to each other, they are soon to discover the problems their cultural differences - and family prejudices - will bring. What readers are saying about The Chinese Lantern: 'I loved this story - five stars''As with all the Harry Bowling books, a very good read. You are transported into the era and get to know the characters'

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Conner Street's War

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling

The onset of the Second World War has a devastating effect on the close-knit community of London's Conner Street. Harry Bowling's Conner Street's War is a poignant and heart-warming saga of a community struggling to survive the dangers of the Blitz. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Cathy Sharp.Behind the grimy wharves of London's dockland lies Conner Street, home to a close-knit community where women stand gossiping in doorways, small boys play marbles on the cobbles and the dockers pop down to the Eagle for a quick pint. Corner shops nestle beside the tiny terraced houses and two minutes away is the lively Tower Road market, where it is said, if you can't buy something then it's not made. Once World War Two breaks out, however, life in Conner Street changes dramatically - forever... What readers are saying about Conner Street's War: 'You need to make time for this book as once you pick it up, you cannot put it down''Another winner from Harry. Believable, heart-warming characters, a true and accurate depiction of the people and the times, living through the Blitz. The man's a genius'

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When the Pedlar Called

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling
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Ironmonger's Daughter

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling
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Down Milldyke Way

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling
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Tuppence to Tooley Street

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling
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Paragon Place

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling
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Gaslight in Page Street

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling

In the aftermath of the Great War, a young woman struggles to win independence - and to find love. Harry Bowling begins his Tanner Trilogy with Gaslight in Page Street - an engrossing saga of life between the wars for one East End community. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Lizzie Lane. 'What makes Harry's novels work is their warmth and authenticity. Their spirit comes from the author himself and his abiding memories of family life as it was once lived in the slums of southeast London' - Today MagazinePage Street, a shabby, cobbled and gaslit Bermondsey backstreet, is home to a diverse and close-knit community fighting an ongoing battle against poverty, hunger and the devastating effects of the Great War.George Galloway owns a cartage business; his right-hand man is William Tanner. William's loyalty has worn thin over the years but he cannot break the ties with Galloway because times are hard and the house in which he lives belongs to him.Carrie Tanner grows up in the heart of a poor yet loving family, but as she becomes a young woman she gets involved in the Suffragette movement. The times are changing - and quickly. Will this close-knit community be able to pull together or will it be torn apart? What readers are saying about Gaslight in Page Street: 'For anyone wondering whether to buy this book or not just BUY IT! I have not been able to put it down, it captures the time perfectly and I feel like I am living the story - it is so descriptive, he brings the characters to life' 'I loved this book. I felt transported back to my grandparents' time. The characters were very real. Hard to put down'

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The Girl from Cotton Lane

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling
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When the Pedlar Called

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling
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The Glory and the Shame

Harry Bowling
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Harry Bowling

On the night of Saturday 10th May 1941, amidst the horror of the devastation caused by enemy bombers, Joe Carey and Charlie Duggan risked their lives to save people trapped in an air-raid shelter. Despite their efforts, six men and women died.It's now 1947 and the inhabitants of Totterdown Street are trying to rebuild their lives. The post-war years are proving to be difficult and, already faced with a violent factory strike, the close-knit inhabitants of the street must also cope with news which not only exposes the glory of the past but the shame as well.

Abi Maxwell

Abi Maxwell is the author of an acclaimed story collection, LAKE PEOPLE, and her fiction has also appeared in McSweeney's. She studied writing at the University of Montana and now lives in New Hampshire, where she grew up, with her husband and son.

Bernie McGill

Bernie McGill was born and raised in Northern Ireland and attended Queen's University, Belfast. Her first novel, The Butterfly Cabinet, was published by Headline Review in 2011. Bernie is also the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of short fiction (shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize) and a contributor to three acclaimed anthologies of Irish women writers, The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines (New Island, 2015, 2016 & 2017). She has numerous theatre credits to her name. Bernie lives in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, with her family.