1944, north London. Fifteen-year-old Frankie Lewis feels as if the war will go on forever. But one night in the blackout, his life takes an extraordinary turn. Whilst playing a vindictive prank on the German-Jewish widow who lives nearby, Frankie finds himself hauled across her doorstep into a world of books and culture. Fascinated by Elsa's stories of life before the war and her late husband - a British officer - young Frankie becomes good friends with Elsa, helping her out in her shop and confiding his troubles to her - from his crush to his sister's unwanted pregnancy. So, when Elsa suddenly dies of a heart attack, Frankie is devastated. He is almost as shocked to discover that Elsa has left her shop to him - a legacy that her brother-in-law is determined to deny him...Then, slamming down the knife she was using to cut the sandwiches, she snapped, a#39;Going out with this boy has got nothing to do with love. ... a#39;As long as he doesna#39;t come from the wrong part of Islington! ... Frankie was one of them, and despite the joy of at last owning his longcherished bike, even in top gear he had to workanbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2012-05-24|