Mary Collins (More Titles by Mary Collins)
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Best friends Becky, Bernie and Rose are working hard to establish themselves in 1930s Spitalfields. Becky, the daughter of a Jewish tailor, wants to become a nurse, but her father has more traditional plans for her. Aching to travel the world, Bernie feels trapped by her vast family of poor Irish dock workers. And then there is Rose. Tiny and thin, she lives with her drunken mother and a selection of surrogate fathers who brutalise them both. As Europe drifts towards war, their friendships become ever more crucial as each of them fights for their place in an ever-changing, frightening, new world...