The Children of the Workhouse

2 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

The Girl in the Ragged Shawl Publisher's Summary

Heartbreaking and uplifting, the story of the workhouse orphan, Eliza, will touch your heart....

Eliza was left as a small baby at the workhouse in Whitechapel, wrapped in her mother’s shawl, which is all she has of the mother she never knew. At 11 years old, she has survived sickness, near starvation and harsh beatings.

Master Simpkins and his cruel daughter rule the workhouse with a rod of iron, but when Romany boy Joe arrives at the workhouse, his spirit and courage give Eliza hope that another life is waiting for her outside.

When she is sold into service, Eliza is relieved to be out of the workhouse and hopes her fortunes are changing for the better, but cruelty and unkindness are everywhere, and her salvation could become her ruin....

©2018 Cathy Sharp (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 1

    • The Girl in the Ragged Shawl

    • The Children of the Workhouse, Book 1
    • By: Cathy Sharp
    • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Eliza was left as a small baby at the workhouse in Whitechapel, wrapped in her mother’s shawl, which is all she has of the mother she never knew. At 11 years old, she has survived sickness, near starvation and harsh beatings. Master Simpkins and his cruel daughter rule the workhouse with a rod of iron, but when Romany boy Joe arrives at the workhouse, his spirit and courage give Eliza hope. When she is sold into service, Eliza is relieved to be out of the workhouse and hopes her fortunes are changing for the better, but cruelty and unkindness are everywhere....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great read by Cathy Sharp!

    • By Juana Dement on 03-31-19

    Regular price: $14.18

  • Book 2

    • The Barefoot Child

    • The Children of the Workhouse, Book 2
    • By: Cathy Sharp
    • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The heartbreaking and compelling new audiobook set in a Victorian workhouse from the author of The Orphans of Halfpenny Street. When Lucy and her brother, Joshua, are orphaned, it falls to Joshua to provide for them both, but he is barely into his teens and, in his naivety, falls prey to bad influences and drink. Lucy is desperate to avoid the workhouse, but when Joshua loses their meagre savings they are thrown out onto the street, and, in dire poverty, it isn’t long before Lucy finds herself at its gates - almost a fate worse than death.

    Regular price: $10.20