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Celtic Culture in Words and Music

Twopence To Cross The Mersey

 Twopence To Cross The Mersey
Item# 9780007279784

Product Description

Publisher: Harper Collins

Author: Helen Forrester

Twopence was the price of the ferry-boat between Liverpool and Birkenhead. A tiny sum but an impassable barrier for the poor of Liverpool -- desperate to escape the city′s grinding poverty.

When Helen Forrester′s father went bankrupt in 1930, she and her six siblings were forced from their comfortable middle-class life into utmost destitution in Depression-ridden Liverpool. The running of the household and the care of her younger siblings all fell to twelve-year old Helen. In slum surroundings and with little food or support from her feckless parents, Helen was forced on her own resources. (pb)