1944, north London. Fifteen-year-old Frankie Lewis feels as if the war will go on forever. But one night in the blackout, his life takes an extraordinary turn. Whilst playing a vindictive prank on the German-Jewish widow who lives nearby, Frankie finds himself hauled across her doorstep into a world of books and culture. Fascinated by Elsa's stories of life before the war and her late husband - a British officer - young Frankie becomes good friends with Elsa, helping her out in her shop and confiding his troubles to her - from his crush to his sister's unwanted pregnancy. So, when Elsa suddenly dies of a heart attack, Frankie is devastated. He is almost as shocked to discover that Elsa has left her shop to him - a legacy that her brother-in-law is determined to deny him...Finsbury Park was looking like a Hollywood film set. ... elder brothers were toiling away, pulling and pushing small children along in toboggans made out of old wooden boxes. ... by the steel cable attached to their RAF trucks on the ground below. ... The park cafAc was closed when Helen got there, so there wasna#39;t even the chance of a cup of hot tea to warm her up. ... Standing there, hands deep inside her coat pockets, Helen could hear sounds filtering through her mind a the sound ofanbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2012-05-24|