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Not All Tarts Are Apple
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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446437940
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336
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Not All Tarts Are Apple


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Hugely appealing London saga, set in the Soho of the 1950s.

A rags-to-riches story with a delightfully original spin, Not All Tarts Are Apple is narrated by seven-year-old Rosie who grows up in a cafe in 1950s Soho, watched over by her eagle-eyed Auntie Maggie and Uncle Bert, and visited on occasions by her mother, the mysterious, and often drunk, Perfumed Lady. But it soon transpires that the Perfumed Lady's family - landed gentry who hail from a country estate near Bath - are desperate to get their hands on Rosie, and will stop at nothing - even kidnap - to acquire her.

Not All Tarts Are Apple is peopled with a wonderful cast of eccentric subsidiary characters - Great Aunt Dodie, Madame Zelda and Paulette, Sharky, the Campini Family who run an Italian delicatessan in Old Compton Street, and Maltese Joe - all of whom live in a Soho so atmospherically evoked that you can smell and taste it.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446437940
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Pip Granger

Part of Pip Granger's early childhood was spent in the back seat of a light aircraft as her father smuggled brandy, tobacco and books across the English Channel to be sold in 1950s Soho, where she lived above the Two Is Café in Old Compton Street.

She travelled in Europe and Asia in the 1960s and '70s, and worked as a Special Needs teacher in Hackney in the 1980s, before quitting teaching to pursue her long- cherished ambition to write.

She now lives in the West Country with her husband.

For more information on Pip Granger and her books, visit her website: www.pipgranger.com.

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Praise for Not All Tarts Are Apple

“ 'A poignant story with a strong authentic backdrop.' ”

Woman & Home

“ 'A wonderfully warm debut novel told with humour, charm and compassion ... I loved it, as will anyone who enjoys reading a good story, delightfully told.'”

Gilda Oâ??Neil, author of My East E

“ 'A truly lovely and well told story.' ”

B Magazine

“ 'An absolute delight. Without doubt, the most wonderful book you'll read this year.'  ”

Christina Jones, author of Nothing to Lose

“ 'A warm-hearted debut novel guaranteed to please.' ”

Woman's Own

“ 'A delightfully fresh and original novel with an unexpected sinister streak.'”

Maureen Lee, winner of the RNA 2000 Romantic No

“ 'This warm first novel set in working-class Soho in the Fifties explores an adult world through a child's eyes ... The author spent her childhood in Soho which perhaps explains the convincing period detail.' ”

Daily Mail


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