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Diamonds in the dust [text (large print)] / Beryl Mattews.

By: Matthews, BerylMaterial type: TextTextPublication details: Bath : Windsor, 2009Description: 334 pages ; 25 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781408414613 (hbk.); 9781408414620 (pbk.)Subject(s): Brothers and sisters -- Fiction | Widows -- Fiction | Missing persons -- Investigation -- Fiction | Police -- Fiction | Large type books | Family sagas | Police -- Italy -- Fiction | Missing persons -- Investigation | London (England) -- Social conditions -- Fiction | London (England) -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction. | Detective and mystery fiction. | Large type books. DDC classification: 823.92
Contents:
Originally published: Sutton: Severn House, 2008.
Subject: "London, 1920. The three Bentley children are used to fending for themselves. Their widowed mother has been forced to take a night job at Grants clothing factory, and sees them only at breakfast and on Sundays. But at nearly eighteen, and with a job as a housemaid to help make ends meet, Dora is well able to look after her younger siblings, twelve-year-old Tom and little Lily.Then one morning their mother fails to appear for breakfast as usual, and when Dora is told by the gatekeeper at Grants factory that no one by the name of Harriet Bentley has ever worked there, the children grow worried. They know their mother loves them, and cannot believe she would deliberately deceive them. With the help of a neighbour, a former policeman who was badly injured during the War, Dora and her siblings start to investigate." -- BOOK JACKET
List(s) this item appears in: English Authors historical fiction
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Large Print Davis (Central) Library
Large Print
Large Print MAT 1 Checked out 14/06/2022 T00494589
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Originally published: Sutton: Severn House, 2008.

Originally published: Sutton: Severn House, 2008.

"London, 1920. The three Bentley children are used to fending for themselves. Their widowed mother has been forced to take a night job at Grants clothing factory, and sees them only at breakfast and on Sundays. But at nearly eighteen, and with a job as a housemaid to help make ends meet, Dora is well able to look after her younger siblings, twelve-year-old Tom and little Lily.Then one morning their mother fails to appear for breakfast as usual, and when Dora is told by the gatekeeper at Grants factory that no one by the name of Harriet Bentley has ever worked there, the children grow worried. They know their mother loves them, and cannot believe she would deliberately deceive them. With the help of a neighbour, a former policeman who was badly injured during the War, Dora and her siblings start to investigate." -- BOOK JACKET

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Booklist Review

Set in 1920s London, Matthews' latest effort is chock-full of period ambience and authenticity. The three Bentley children Dora, 18, Tom, 12, and Lily, 6 adore their mother, Harriet, who's made many sacrifices to move them from the slums into a nicer neighborhood. Working the night shift at a local factory limits the time she can spend with the children, but she's made sure to teach them the proper way to speak and the importance of respecting their elders. When Harriet fails to come home from work one day, the children are at first annoyed and then frightened. Fearing their mother may have taken ill, Dora heads to the factory, where she learns that Harriet never worked there. Stunned and terrified, the children turn to their neighbor, disabled WWI veteran and former policeman Stanley Crawford, for help. They're sure that solid, reliable Stan will sort things out. Although there's a fair dose of mystery and romance in this well-crafted historical thriller, the real appeal lies in the three spunky, brave, cheerful, and resourceful children.--Melton, Emily Copyright 2008 Booklist

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