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The Other Side of the Track: A bittersweet saga of love, compassion and conflict

Victor Pemberton

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Fiction, Sagas, Historical fiction

A favourite with saga fans, Victor's novels have gained him an army of readers all over the world

This nostalgic London saga from well-loved Victor Pemberton brings together a wounded soldier and a young nurse

It’s the second year of the Great War and eighteen-year-old Rosie Little is working at Charing Cross Station, helping the injured troops returning from the Front. The tired soldiers arriving on the platform adore Rosie’s kind, welcoming face as she serves them cups of tea, and they inevitably nickname her ‘Rosie Lee’. Private Joe Upton is one such weary soldier and is instantly captivated by the lovely Rosie. The couple fall passionately in love and, although they are too young to get married, decide to live together as man and wife. Risking scandal and their parents’ outrage, they find happiness in their new home: an abandoned railway carriage. But all too soon family conflicts drive a wedge between them, and their future together looks uncertain. And, at a time when no one seems able to escape the tragedy of war, Rosie and Joe are about to face their toughest test…

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Victor Pemberton

Victor Pemberton was the well-loved author of fourteen novels set in London. His first novel Our Family began as a radio play he wrote of the same name inspired by his own upbringing. Victor was also a successful radio playwright and TV producer, who worked with some of the great names of entertainment, including Benny Hill and Dodie Smith. He had a longstanding correspondence with Stan Laurel and scripted and produced many of the BBC's 'Dr Who' series. He also worked as a producer for Jim Henson, and set up his own production company, whose first TV documentary won an Emmy Award. Victor Pemberton passed away in 2017.

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