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Polly Longden's china-doll looks belie a strong and fiery personality. When typhoid strikes her home city of Lincoln, she needs every ounce of that strength in order to cope. With the death of her mother, 13-year-old Polly has to give up her ambition of becoming a teacher to care for her family. When their father, too, falls victim to the typhoid, his only hope is to go to hospital, leaving Polly to cope alone.

Thankfully she has the support of her neighbours: Bertha Halliday and her son, Leo, a young policeman. Through all the hardships that follow, Polly is sustained by her dream of becoming Leo's wife. But her father's hot temper leads him to the wrong side of the law during the railway riots of 1911, forcing Leo to take drastic action that Polly will surely never be able to forgive and forget....

©2011 Margaret Dickinson (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • V. Davy
  • 29-03-2016

The bonds of family

A little tough at the beginning because of the sad initial storyline, but once involved with the characters it has a good flow. I liked the main characters especially Polly & Stevie.
Anne Dover is my favourite narrator and brings the people to life.

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  • Elaine D. Perrin
  • 12-12-2014

Fantastic author

Have you listened to any of Anne Dover’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Anne Dover is one of my favourite narrators

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Period drama set in the early part of the 20th century before the NHS covering two world wars.

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  • Colin
  • 04-07-2019

amazing book

really good book git the paperback being a Lincoln lad, love all the old names

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  • Ian Long
  • 25-05-2019

Brilliant A great story

Brilliant Margaret Dickson is a Ace Writer and a good story tellerI like her b

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