Birmingham Rose

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A heartfelt Birmingham saga, Birmingham Rose is Annie Murray's debut novel and was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Life is bleak for Rose Lucas, a spirited, intelligent girl, born into a large family in the slums of pre-war Birmingham. But her friendship with Diana, daughter of a vicar from middle-class Moseley, gives her hope. She learns to aspire to a different kind of existence, vowing never to become a child-bearing drudge like her mother.

Life, however, never follows the way of dreams. After a childhood marked by tragedy, Rose eventually finds and loses the love for which she has striven so hard. From Italy, where she has travelled during the Second World War, she is forced to return to Birmingham and an unhappy marriage, her hopes and illusions shattered. But Rose will not be defeated and she, too, is determined to rise once again above the devastation of her life . . .

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

Birmingham Blitz
Birmingham Blitz
Birmingham Friends
Birmingham Friends
The Doorstep Child
The Doorstep Child
Now The War Is Over
Now The War Is Over
Where Earth Meets Sky
Where Earth Meets Sky
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
A Hopscotch Summer
A Hopscotch Summer
My Daughter, My Mother
My Daughter, My Mother
Chocolate Girls
Chocolate Girls
Miss Purdy's Class
Miss Purdy's Class
All the Days of Our Lives
All the Days of Our Lives
Poppy Day
Poppy Day
Family of Women
Family of Women
The Bells of Bournville Green
The Bells of Bournville Green
Soldier Girl
Soldier Girl

Books in the Series

Birmingham Blitz
Birmingham Blitz
Birmingham Friends
Birmingham Friends