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The Spirit of Nelson Street

Julia Bryant

6 Reviews

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Fiction, Romance, Sagas, Historical fiction

Portsmouth in the Second World War is the setting for this heartwarming saga of life on the home front.

Julia Bryant's novel captures the indomitable spirit of Portsmouth as the second world war shatters streets- and the lives of the women who live there. With the threat of World War II hovering over Nelson Street, family and friendship have never been more important. Rosie Forrest's grandmother always told her to 'live every minute' and that's exactly what she's doing. Rosie feels both excited at the opportunities before her and terrified of losing the people she loves. And when Blyth Vine walks back into her life, he complicates things even further. Pearl Bunting has suffered months of abuse from her violent brother Kenny. Finally breaking free of his domination, Pearl makes a new life for herself. But Kenny is still out there, and has freedom has its price... When the bombs start falling Rosie and all who live on Nelson Street are determined to preserve the Portsea way of life, no matter what the cost.

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Praise for The Spirit of Nelson Street

  • A pulsating and heart-warming saga peopled with human and compelling characters and with convincing dialogue . . . a rich first novel. - Yorkshire Post on WAITING FOR THE TIDE

  • Julia Bryant creates a vivid picture of Portsmouth in the final years and aftermath of the "Great" War of 1914-1918, weaving it into a story that pulses with the warm blood of humanity. - Rhona Martin on WAITING FOR THE TIDE

  • A rich first novel . . . packed with interesting people living what might appear to be mundane lives, but of course they are not. We get an insight into the lives of the families of sailors, their good and bad fortune, their ups and downs. Decent people who we want to win through. - Betty Burton on WAITING FOR THE TIDE

  • Here's a great excuse to put your feet up and escape into a world which celebrates Portsmouth's past...It's really well worth the read - Portsmouth News on WRITTEN ON THE TIDE

  • Fresh and thoughtful. - Historical Novels Review on BORNE ON THE TIDE

  • A vividly told and heartwarming saga. - Coventry Evening Telegraph on BORNE ON THE TIDE

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Julia Bryant

Julia Bryant was born in Portsmouth: her step-father and husband both served in the Navy. She trained as a nurse, then after her three children grew up, earned an honours B.A. in English and history. She and her husband now live in Portsmouth once more.

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