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Latchkey Kid Hardcover – Feb 14 1985


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Helen Forrester had a childhood most of us would like to forget. Bought up for the first twelve years of her life in the wealthy middle class of southern England, she was suddenly ejected from her pampered hot-house existence into the bleak realities of Liverpool during the Depression years. In the first two volumes of her autobiography – ‘Twopence to Cross the Mersey’ and ‘Liverpool Miss’, Helen bravely told the terrible story of the degradations her family – once so rich, now so desperately poor – had to face, and with only themselves to blame. This was a story that was frightening to hear – Helen’s uphill struggle to provide her younger brothers and sisters with food and clothes and to placate her fiery-tempered mother and spiritless father, and her longings for the education that was cruelly denied her and for the small luxuries of life that would give her the youth she was missing.

But it is a story with a happy ending. In the third volume of her autobiography, ‘By the Waters of Liverpool’, Helen Forrester, still poor, ill-fed and shy, but now at least washed and neatly dressed, manages to make a life for herself away from the drudgery and oppression of her home. As she succeeds in the dance-halls of Liverpool, and finds after so many years without affection or joy, a man who can love her, she emerges from her terrible childhood, not unchanged but apparently undamaged.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
No comparison Aug. 31 2013
By Peg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Very generalised, uninspiring and dull book that at least had a decent ending. Nothing like the book Twopence to Cross the Mersey which was so true to life and gripping to read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The latchkey kid May 21 2013
By Clare O'Beara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A socially adept and enjoyable book.
The Latchkey Kid is set in Canada, in the small town atmosphere of the 1950s. So of course it couldn't happen now, that women prefer to push their men out of town on work, socialise with bitter intent to top every committee, and neglect their children. One such neglected latchkey kid, Hank, who passes the time by writing and chatting to a British woman, writes up a revenge novel and the racy content means it quickly finds a publisher in New York. Then the stage is set for his social-climber mother Olga, daughter of a pig farmer, to find out the hard way who is behind the pseudonym. I enjoyed this more than I'd expected and it was very revealing about the society at that time.

Forrester has written about Liverpool as well and this book has been bundled in one edition with Three Women of Liverpool.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Helen Forester books March 20 2013
By Patricia P. Moniak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love all of Helen Foresters Books, one reason being is that I lived across the River Mersey from Liverpool in Wallasey, and she often mentions this place in her books.
I have deeply enjoyed all of Helen Forrester's books Feb. 26 2014
By Diane K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
She writes without bitterness, which I find amazing. Somehow her story seems more compelling since she DOES seem to just be speaking the truth. Again, the fact that she had such a difficult early childhood and came through it all with such stoic strength is amazing to me. I felt sad when there were no more of her books that I could find to read. It was a bit like letting go of an old friend from another time. I did not want to see her go.

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