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South London, 1932. Times are hard for ten-year old Lizzie Collins and her family. With her father dead, it is up to her mother, grandmother and aunt to scrimp and save to rear Lizzie and her three siblings. But the whole family is blessed with the indomitable Cockney spirit - and in particular the physically frail but strong-willed and intelligent Lizzie. So it is only heSouth London, 1932. Times are hard for ten-year old Lizzie Collins and her family. With her father dead, it is up to her mother, grandmother and aunt to scrimp and save to rear Lizzie and her three siblings. But the whole family is blessed with the indomitable Cockney spirit - and in particular the physically frail but strong-willed and intelligent Lizzie. So it is only her strong-willed instinct for survival that sees Lizzie through the snobbish school to which she wins a scholarship, through the life-threatening horrors of consumption, and through the dark clouds of impending war. After school and a stint as a butcher's clerk, she goes to work as a bus conductress and, through hard work and inheritance she manages to save enough to invest in a property. And then fortune smiles on her in the game of love. Happily married after the war to Charlie Wilson, she relishes the prospect of a now secure future with her family. But Charlie has other ideas. Ideas that will take Lizzie to a lonely life in Devon, to the challenges of a new career, and away from her beloved London....

Title : Skinny Lizzie
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ISBN : 9780751500455
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Skinny Lizzie Reviews

  • Barbra
    2019-02-25 13:41

    This is the second book by this author that I have read and this was her first published novel. She started writing when she was 70 so she hasn't done too badly as her books are popular here in England.Back Cover Blurb:South London, 1932. Times are hard for ten year old Lizzie Collins and her family. With her father dead, it is up to her mother, grandmother and aunt to scrimp and save to rear Lizzie and her three siblings. But the whole family is blessed with the indomitable Cockney spirit - and in particular the physically frail but strong-willed and intelligent Lizzie.So it is only her strong instinct for survival that sees Lizzie through the snobbish school to which she wins a scholarship, through the life-threatening horrors of consumption, and through the dark storm clouds of impending war. After school and a stint as a butcher's clerk, she goes to work as a bus conductress and, through hard work and an inheritance, manages to save enough to invest in property. And then fortune smiles on her in the game of love. Happily married after the war to Charlie Wilson, she relishes the prospect of a now secure future for her family. But Charlie has other ideas. Ideas that will take Lizzie to a lonely life in Devon, to the challenges of a new career, and away from her beloved London.

  • Terena
    2019-03-11 12:59

    If you look at Elizabeth's brief biography in any of her books, then having read this one I am guessing it's loosely based on Ms. Waite's own life story! It takes us from the 10 year old Lizzie Collins who is a spirited young girl who does well enough to go to private school and survives the War after a few narrow escapes, then takes a job working as a bus conductress and marries her sweetheart. Her husband Charlie is full of schemes and bright ideas, and mainly the book features how Lizzie grows as a person due to all her experiences.