The Complete Helen Forrester Memoirs

4 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

Twopence to Cross the Mersey Publisher's Summary

This major best-selling memoir of a poverty-stricken childhood in Liverpool is one of the most harrowing but uplifting books you will ever hear. When Helen Forrester's father went bankrupt in 1930, she and her six siblings were forced into utmost poverty and slum surroundings in Depression-ridden Liverpool. The running of the household and the care of the younger children all fell on 12-year-old Helen.

With very little food or help from her feckless parents, Helen led a life of unrelenting drudgery and hardship. Writing about her experiences later in life, Helen Forrester shed light on an almost forgotten part of life in Britain. Written with good humour and a lack of self-pity, Forrester's memoir of these grim days is as heart-warming as it is shocking.

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  • Book 1

    • Twopence to Cross the Mersey

    • By: Helen Forrester
    • Narrated by: Liane-Rose Bunce
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    This major best-selling memoir of a poverty-stricken childhood in Liverpool is one of the most harrowing but uplifting books you will ever hear. When Helen Forrester's father went bankrupt in 1930, she and her six siblings were forced into utmost poverty and slum surroundings in Depression-ridden Liverpool. The running of the household and the care of the younger children all fell on 12-year-old Helen. Writing about her experiences later in life, Helen Forrester shed light on an almost forgotten part of life in Britain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Resilient little girl!

    • By Leah on 12-05-16

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 2

    • Liverpool Miss

    • By: Helen Forrester
    • Narrated by: Liane-Rose Bunce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    The second volume of Helen Forrester’s powerful, painful and ultimately uplifting four-volume autobiography of her poverty-stricken childhood in Liverpool during the Depression. The Forrester family are slowly winning their fight for survival. But 14-year-old Helen’s personal battle is to persuade her parents to allow her to earn her own living, to lead her own life after the years of neglect and inadequate schooling while she cared for her six younger brothers and sisters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm Hooked!

    • By Leah on 12-04-16

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 3

    • By the Waters of Liverpool

    • By: Helen Forrester
    • Narrated by: Liane-Rose Bunce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    The third best-selling volume in the powerful story of Helen Forrester's childhood and adolescence in poverty-stricken Liverpool during the 1930s. Helen has managed to achieve a small measure of independence. At 17, she has fought and won two bitter battles with her parents, the first for the right to educate herself at evening classes, the second for the right to go out to work. Though her parents are still as financially irresponsible as ever, wasting money while their children lack blankets, for Helen the future is brightening.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful. Moving.

    • By Leah on 12-17-16

    Regular price: $15.48

  • Book 4

    • Lime Street at Two

    • By: Helen Forrester
    • Narrated by: Liane-Rose Bunce
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    In this audiobook, Helen Forrester continues the moving story of her early life with an account of the war years in blitz-torn Liverpool, and the happiness which she so nearly captured, but which was to elude her twice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I just want these books to go on forever

    • By Leah on 03-13-17

    Regular price: $15.98