In 1946, Pedlar's Row in Bermondsey is home to a close-knit community counting its blessings to have survived the war intact - and full of curiosity about the new family moving into number three. And the Priors' move into the Row is not without incident. Laura Prior, who's unmarried, having had to care for her invalid father, enjoys the excitement of her new home, not least because of her growing attraction to docker Billy Cassidy. But her sister Lucy finds life harder; with rationing, a shortage of homes, having to contend with a husband who's emotionally scarred from his internment in a Japanese POW camp, and her guilt about a war-time affair, it isn't easy to settle down to normal married life. Then Lucy finds herself and her family embroiled in local villain Archie Westlake's shady dealings. And when a body is discovered on a bombsite behind the Row, no one is beyond suspicion of murder.
Harry was born in 1931 in a back street off the Tower Bridge Road. Only when his own children began to ask questions about the war, did Harry realise how many stories he had to tell. He became known as 'the King of Cockney sagas', and he wrote eighteen bestselling novels of London life. After Harry died in 1999, the Harry Bowling Prize was set up in his memory.