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Head of Zeus
Jam and Roses
Jam and Roses Mary Gibson

The poignant and powerful second novel from the bestselling author of Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts.

London, 1923.
Bermondsey is the larder of London with its bustling docks, spice mill, tannery and factories.

Milly Colman knows she's lucky. Working at Southwell's jam factory all week means she can have a pay packet and a laugh with her mates come Saturday. It's a welcome escape from home, where Milly must protect her mother and sisters from her father's violent temper.

When autumn comes, hop-picking in Kent gives all the Colman women a longed-for respite. But it is there, on one golden September night, that Milly makes the mistake of her life and finds her courage and strength tested as never before.

PRAISE FOR JAM AND ROSES:

'This book is raw and powerful and a fabulous read. This is where girl power came from; women like Milly and her family, girls who did not even have the vote at this time. This book is also a history lesson, telling the story of the general strike' Mrs H, Amazon reviewer.

'Well written, with pace, engaging characters, a good narrative and some suspense. A real authentic tone, too: the central characters reminded me of the formidable spirit of my mother/grandmothers who lived through, and survived, these demanding times' Fredmart, Amazon reviewer.

'A fantastic read! I was hooked from the first paragraph, Mary Gibson is a fabulous and talented writer. A book you can't put down but, yet you want to find out the ending without wanting the book to finish. Well done and thank you. Can't wait to read the next book' Michelle Thompson, Amazon reviewer.

'If you enjoy post war stories of women's hardship, based in london, then this is the book to read. It kept me enthralled from the start. Highly recommended' Shell R, Amazon reviewer.

'So full of emotion and tragedies, but also humour, happiness, love and hate' Patsy, Amazon reviewer.

Head of Zeus * Saga
15 Jan 2015 * 416pp * £14.99 * 9781781855928
REVIEWS
'Such an impressive, beautiful story. Milly's endless resilience is so inspiring and it's the heart of this amazing story'
Librarian Lavender
Author
Mary Gibson
Mary Gibson
Mary Gibson was born and brought up in Bermondsey, south east London, where both her grandmother and mother were factory girls. She is the author of the bestselling Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts, which was selected for World Book Night 2015, and five other novels, Jam and Roses, Gunner Girls and Fighter Boys, Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams, Hattie's Home and A Sister's Struggle. marygibsonauthor.co.uk @MaryGibsonBooks
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