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.
“ '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.' ”
“ '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.' ”
“ '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.' ”