A Hopscotch Summer

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An emotional tale of resilience by Annie Murray, A Hopscotch Summer tells the story of a young girl and her struggle to keep her family afloat.

In the impoverished area of Nechells in Birmingham in the 1930s, young Emma Brown's life is turned upside down when her mother, Cynthia, has another baby.

Emma has always been a happy-go-lucky child, content as long as things were all right at home with her parents, and her brother and sister. But when the baby is born, Cynthia doesn't seem able to cope, and even her lifelong friend and neighbour, Dot, can't seem to get through to her. Cynthia's husband, Bob, tries to do his best, but when he feels he's losing the wife he loves so much he turns to drink. Poor Emma can't seem to keep up with looking after the household, and soon it seems that the only thing to do is for Cynthia to go and stay with her tyrannical older sister across the city.

Life gets even tougher for Emma with her mother away, and she decides it's time to travel across Birmingham and bring her mother home. But the woman she discovers is very different to the mother she remembers . . .

A Hopscotch Summer is followed by Solider Girl and All the Days of Our Lives, which follow the stories of Molly and Katie.

About Annie Murray

Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first 'Birmingham' novel,Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including A Hopscotch Summer, Soldier Girl and the bestselling novels Chocolate Girls andWar Babies. Now The War Is Over is Annie's twentieth book. Annie has four children and lives near Reading.

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Books by Annie Murray

The Doorstep Child
The Doorstep Child
Now The War Is Over
Now The War Is Over
Where Earth Meets Sky
Where Earth Meets Sky
Family of Women
Family of Women
The Narrowboat Girl
The Narrowboat Girl
Water Gypsies
Water Gypsies
War Babies
War Babies
Meet Me Under the Clock
Meet Me Under the Clock
The Women of Lilac Street
The Women of Lilac Street
The Orphan of Angel Street
The Orphan of Angel Street
Poppy Day
Poppy Day
The Bells of Bournville Green
The Bells of Bournville Green
My Daughter, My Mother
My Daughter, My Mother
Chocolate Girls
Chocolate Girls
Miss Purdy's Class
Miss Purdy's Class
Birmingham Blitz
Birmingham Blitz
All the Days of Our Lives
All the Days of Our Lives
Birmingham Rose
Birmingham Rose
Birmingham Friends
Birmingham Friends
Soldier Girl
Soldier Girl

Books in the Series

All the Days of Our Lives
All the Days of Our Lives
Soldier Girl
Soldier Girl