Miss Purdy's Class

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A tale of hardship and social injustice, Miss Purdy's Class by Annie Murray is a heartfelt saga with strong emotional relationships at its heart.

In the New Year of 1936, Gwen Purdy, aged twenty-one, leaves her home to become a schoolteacher in a poor area of Birmingham. Her parents are horrified, but she has the support of her fiance, a recently ordained clergyman. Her early weeks in Birmingham are an eye-opener: at the school she faces a class of fifty-two children, some of whose homes are among Birmingham's very poorest. One of the teachers, the elderly Miss Drysdale, proves an inspiration, and Gwen begins to understand the appalling hardships endured by the children as she is drawn into their lives.

Little Lucy Fernandez is a 'cripple' and an epileptic. Through her, Gwen meets Daniel Fernandez, the elder brother in a fatherless household. The family has roots in a Wales' small Spanish community, and Daniel is a young man as fierce and passionate in his emotions as in his social concerns. Gwen falls in love, and is quickly engaged in his battle to win rights for the working classes. As the Brigades are mobilized to fight the Spanish Civil War, Gwen has to face the fact that Daniel has secrets in his past which she would rather not face up to . . .

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
A Hopscotch Summer
A Hopscotch Summer
The Bells of Bournville Green
The Bells of Bournville Green
My Daughter, My Mother
My Daughter, My Mother
Chocolate Girls
Chocolate Girls
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

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Listen to a clip from Miss Purdy's Class by Annie Murray, read by Annie Aldington

Listen to a clip from Miss Purdy's Class by Annie Murray, read by Annie Aldington

09 January 2015

By Pan Macmillan

An astounding new novel from the author of the bestselling Birmingham sagas, CHOCOLATE GIRLS and WATER GYPSIES

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