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A Child of the East End


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Jean Fullerton is a native East Londoner and authentic cockney. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, as a child she lived in a derelict one-up one-down cottage by London Docks before being rehoused as part of the post-war slum clearances.

Because of her love of history, Jean hoped to become a theatrical costumier, starting out as a general dog's body in a local clothing factory before working her way up to being a pattern cutter at Jaegers. 'Clearly not the next Mary Quant', Jean decided to take a completely different career pathway and, at twenty-three joined the Metropolitan Police Force, 'an eye-opener even for a streetwise East End girl!'. After taking time off to have children, Jean trained as a Registered Nurse once her youngest went to school and spent most of her working life in the East End of London. She is also a qualified teacher and has lectured on community nursing at a London university. The author of nineteen historical novels, including The Ration Book series, Jean now writes full-time. Find out more at www.jeanfullerton.com


Vivid, unsentimental and very funny. An extraordinary celebration of a bygone era by the Queen of the East End ... a cracking read and a golden nugget of 20th century history. * Kate Thompson, author of The Stepney Doorstep Society on A Child of the East End *
Funny, stark...grimly fascinating. (...) A Child of the East End offers a powerful corrective to a romanticised, nostalgic way of looking at a past that was (...) often regressive and oppressive * The Independent *
Richly-textured and engrossing... Jean Fullerton's meticulous research and background knowledge enable her to create a wholly convincing and engaging wartime novel... Completely immersive. With humour to lighten the mood as well it can be laugh-out-loud funny as well as deeply poignant, but it is the emotional richness and heart to the book that draws the story together and makes this such a rewarding read. -- Nicola Cornick * Historia, on A Ration Book Childhood *
Food for the soul, it's simply deliciously readable and enjoyable * LoveReading on A Ration Book Christmas *
Charming and full of detail... You will ride emotional highs and lows... Beautifully written * The Lady on a Ration Book Daughter *
A delightful, well researched story -- bestselling author Lesley Pearse * on All Change for Nurse Millie *
From jellied eels to tin baths . . . a richly evoked portrait of a bygone world * The Lady *
A vivid portrait of the privations of the post-war years, but also a unique community spirit that is in danger of being lost forever * Choice Magazine *

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