Twopence to Cross the Mersey / Liverpool Miss : AND Liverpool Miss Paperback
First and second parts of Helen Forresters poignant autobiography.
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. Told with compassion, humour and a remarkable lack of self-pity, this is a fascinating picture of life in Britain before the Welfare State and the moving story one young girl's courage.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 21/02/2009
- Category: Sagas
- ISBN: 9780007279784