A moving portrayal of life and love in the gritty poverty of the East End streets.
Ironmonger Street in 1920, with its ugly tenement blocks and tumbledown houses, is one of the most unsightly turnings in Bermondsey; its residents are hardened to the grim poverty of their lives. In the slum block, Jubilee Dwellings, two sisters attractive, fun-loving Kate Morgan and the happily married Helen Bartlett give birth to daughters. One is illegitimate, her mother refusing to name the father, the other is disabled.
Though their mothers can never be close, Connie and Molly grow up together. Life may be hard, but with all their Cockney humour and courage they enjoy it, too, and wouldn't be parted for the world. Until the day Connie and catches the eye of handsome Robert Armitage. Despite the differences in their backgrounds, and the antagonism that dogs their two families, they are drawn together and are determined to be married. Until war intervenes...
Harry was born in 1931 in a back street off the Tower Bridge Road. He left school at the age of 14. Only when his own children began to ask questions about the war, did Harry realise how many stories he had to tell. In his fifties, he was given early retirement from his job as a brewery driver-drayman, and was at last able to devote his time to writing. He became known as 'the King of Cockney sagas', who wrote eighteen bestselling novels of London life. Sadly Harry died in 1999 and the Harry Bowling Prize was set up in 2000 in his memory.