By Anne Bennett
A relocating and gritty saga of loss, separation and eventually wish, set in wartime Birmingham
Agnes Sullivan is fifteen while her younger brother Tom reveals her under the influence of alcohol and crying within the lane close to their farm. Her dancing instructor has raped her and deserted her. Aggie is compelled to go away domestic while she discovers she's pregnant and Tom, slightly himself, makes a decision the trainer needs to pay for his actions.
Aggie flees to Birmingham, however the shelter she's been promised seems to be too harmful to stick in. She's left with few concepts until eventually a person she might by no means have spoken to in her former lifestyles provides her the assistance she so desperately wishes. yet will global conflict One wreck her precarious hopes of a future?
Anne Bennett's sagas of Birmingham throughout the wars have gained her many lovers, as they're packed choked with emotion, choice and authenticity. local sagas don't come any higher than this.
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The rehearsal went OK. They played Alex’s new song until they got bored with it. When they stopped for a break, Anton pulled out a leaflet for a school talk. ‘Here, look at this,’ he scoffed. The talk was called ‘Zuverlässiger Schutz des Sozialismus’ – the Reliable Protection of Socialism – and had a photograph of Honecker to illustrate it. It was an official portrait they all recognised. He had a smug smile on his face, which didn’t quite go with his blank, dead eyes. ‘He looks like he’s just farted in a crowded room and he’s trying to keep a straight face about it,’ snickered Anton.
Alex, you are a guitar player. ’ Alex protested. ’ Herr Walter shook his head. ‘If you could play Bach’s preludes and sonatas, that would be something. But you can only play pop music. ’ Alex tried to look as clueless as he could. That always annoyed his careers tutor. Herr Walter grew exasperated. ’ He gestured at the wall. ‘Look! Bricklaying, mining, construction, working with economically useful animals . . you have such a wide choice. And if you apply yourself, you could even become an architect or a chemist.
Whole factories. The rails and sleepers from the train lines. Our best scientists . . and our soldiers. When your grandfather came back from his Russian prison camp after the war, he was skin and bone. You could hardly recognise him. ’ Alex liked the way his grandma said what she thought. When they were alone, she would remark scornfully how much the DDR was like the Third Reich. ‘They think they’re 180 degrees apart,’ she snorted. ‘But just look at them. Free German Youth, just like Hitler Youth; the Stasi, just like the Gestapo; Bautzen, just like Dachau.
A Daughter's Secret by Anne Bennett