Passage Across the Mersey
The Inspiring Life Story of Helen ForresterBook - 2017
The remarkable true story of Helen Forrester, author of Twopence to Cross the Mersey, and how she turned her life from tragedy to triumph. When Helen Forrester's father went bankrupt in the 1930's, she and her six siblings fell from a comfortable middle-class existence into wretched poverty. Later in life, Helen wrote a series of memoirs, starting with Twopence to Cross the Mersey, which told the harrowing account of her family's struggles in Depression-era Liverpool. It was a story filled with tragedy and small triumphs but many readers wondered what happened to Helen when she grew up; what became of the fragile young girl who had so much responsibility heaped on her shoulders? Her son Robert recounts the unexpected life that Helen went on to live; of the remarkable love story with a young man from a background a million miles away from everything a Lancashire Lass like Helen would have known and of the astonishing lengths she went to in order to achieve happiness. Helen Forrester is the pen name of June Bhatia (née Huband) (1919-2011) who wrote about her early childhood in Liverpool during the Great Depression, as well as several works of fiction. She was born in Hoylake, Cheshire and spent her childhood in Liverpool. In 1950 she married Dr. Avadh Bhatia and lived with him in India, providing the background for Thursday's Child and The Moneylenders of Shahpur. The couple travelled widely, eventually settling in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1955, where Dr. Bhatia became the director of the Theoretical Physics Institute at the University of Alberta. She died in 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta, aged 92.
Publisher: London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
Characteristics: 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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