A fantastically funny and feel-good tale from the East End…
As the Second World War ends, hostilities begin in Paradise Gardens
It is 1945, and all over England people are looking forward to being at peace. Except for recently married Zeida Fluck, for whom peace means the return of her husband- and this is bad news indeed. Not only is she frightened of him- and she has reason to be- but she is also concerned for the safety of her good friend Zinnia Makepeace, owner of one of the choicest of garden allotments in London's East End.
Meanwhile young Tony, Zeida's nephew, is going off the rails. His dad's missing, presumed dead, in Italy, his mum's in a state, and he is running wild with the local gang of thugs and thieves. But Tony can sing- he has, in fact, the voice of an angel- and Zeida thinks she may have found a solution to all their problems. But she has reckoned without the trouble raging in Paradise Gardens...
“Writing from the heart, Granger is unique in popular fiction in that she is able to tie in a fictional family saga with the big social changes going on in post war London.It's also a great Tube read, that takes you on a nostalgic journey back to a lost cockney paradise that never was.”
Whatâ??s On in London
“Heart-warming East End story, brimming with lively characters and the issues and problems affecting a London community in 1945.”
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
“'She brings the East End to life'”
“Highly evocative of a time, a place, a people, and a changing way of life in London at the end of World War II, this is a satisfying, compelling novel.”