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The Threlfalls By Barbara Phipps

An enthralling novel of coming of age.

In 1948, while Britain is still enduring the aftermath of the War, Charlie Fletcher, a Leeds publican and black marketeer, always seems to have plenty of cash and ration coupons. When he falls in love and marries a young Irish girl, Siobhan, along comes daughter, Susan, who is the apple of her father’s eye.

With an alcoholic mother and an increasingly secretive father, Susan finds solace in her friendship with classmate, Jimmy, and his mother, Pauline, an extended family she quickly learns to rely on through the hardships of life growing up in Leeds during the 1950’s and 60’s.

The Threlfalls follows Susan’s journey to adulthood, her experiences seeing her grow into an independent, wilful but secretive young woman who isn’t afraid of danger.

When tragedy takes the life of someone close to her, Susan is sure there is more to the death than meets the eye, and she sets off down an increasingly dark and dangerous path to uncover the truth.

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