A touching war-time tale set in East End London.
When Nell Bailey is wounded in a Flying Bomb attack, it is up to her daughter, Josie, to hold the family together. The traumas of wartime London have left her father a weak and angry man and he no longer lives in the Bailey home in Quay Street. But Josie's new responsibilities don't stop her imagining a brighter future a future she hopes to share with Jonny Francis, whom she has loved for as long as she can remember.
Her younger brother Tommy, however, does not adjust so easily to the changes in family life. He longs for his father, Frank Bailey, to come home and when the mounting tension between himself and Josie reaches its peak he storms out of the house, vowing to live with his dad. But when, in the search for Frank, he finds himself caught up in the notorious Pedlar's plan to assassinate an eminent political figure, he begins to wish that he'd left well enough alone, for nothing will ever be the same again...
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. Sadly Harry died in 1999 and the Harry Bowling Prize was set up in 2000 in his memory.