Love, hardship and betrayal in the glorious Irish countryside and the streets of the Liverpool slums, in the heartwarming new saga from a rising star. Dympna Byrne grows up on the Connemara coast in poverty- her father Michael goes to sea whilst her mother Beatrice makes each penny do the work of five. With five mouths to feed, they rub along by working hard and expecting little. Dympna's relationship with her mother is troubled, and when disaster strikes, her mother sends her away, across the water to Liverpool, to earn money for the family. Meanwhile, in Liverpool, orphaned Jimmy Ruddock is also struggling to grow up. He is weedy and underfed until he meets Elsie, a tough young slum-dweller, who helps him to better himself. Then he signs on aboard a Fleetwood trawler and his path crosses Dympna's for the first time. . .
Katie Flynn has lived for many years in the north-west. A compulsive writer, she started with short stories and articles and many of her early stories were broadcast on Radio Merseyside. She decided to write her Liverpool series after hearing the reminiscences of family members about life in the city in the early years of the twentieth century. She also writes as Judith Saxton. For the past few years, she has had to cope with ME but has continued to write.