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Mary Jane Staples - Our Emily

Emily had been a quite horrible child. Pushy, rough, and none too clean (for it must have been Emily who passed on her head-lice to the Adams family), she had been the bane of Mrs Adams and her children who lived next door, and especially she had been a trial to Boots, who had avoided her whenever hemore...Emily had been a quite horrible child. Pushy, rough, and none too clean (for it must have been Emily who passed on her head-lice to the Adams family), she had been the bane of Mrs Adams and her children who lived next door, and especially she had been a trial to Boots, who had avoided her whenever he could.But Emily grown-up was a different matter.She was still a cockney girl, but now she had a certain elegance, a style.The fighting toughness was still there - and she needed it.For Boots, back from the trenches, was blind, and Emily was to prove the mainstay, the breadwinner, and the love of his life.Here again is the Adams family from Down Lambeth Way - Chinese Lady determined more than ever to be respectable, Tommy facing unemployment, and Sammy well on the way to becoming a street market tycoon.And above all here is Our Emily.

Publisher: Corgi
Published: Feb 17, 1989
Pages: 512
ISBN: 0552134449

Mary Jane Staples - The Way Ahead (The Adams Family)

It is 1944, and the Adams family, along with the rest of the people of the United Kingdom, are beginning to weary of the seemingly never-ending war against Hitler's Germany. Bobby Somers and Helene, living dangerously in the French countryside with a group of Resistance fighters, find themselvesmore...It is 1944, and the Adams family, along with the rest of the people of the United Kingdom, are beginning to weary of the seemingly never-ending war against Hitler's Germany. Bobby Somers and Helene, living dangerously in the French countryside with a group of Resistance fighters, find themselves in great peril. Boots returns from the war in Italy, to the delight of Polly and their two little rascals, twins James and Gemma - but he brings with him a German prisoner who has a horrifying story to tell of the concentration camps. And while Sammy and Susie Adams are keeping the family business going as best they can during the privations of wartime London, their son Daniel catches the eye of a lively young American girl who brings a welcome breath of fresh air to the Adams household, so many of whose younger members are doing their bit for the war in various far-flung places of the world. As plans for the long-awaited invasion of France get under way there is excitement and danger, but love continues to blossom in the most difficult of circumstances.

Publisher: Transworld Digital
Published: Oct 31, 2011
Pages: 385

Mary Jane Staples - Sons And Daughters (The Adams Family)

By the year 1949, life in Walworth has almost returned to normal. Sammy and Boots, now in a highly successful partnership, are rebuilding the old family firm. But an old enemy resurfaces - Mr Ben Ford, better known as the Fat Man, who seems determined to ruin the various branches of this growingmore...By the year 1949, life in Walworth has almost returned to normal. Sammy and Boots, now in a highly successful partnership, are rebuilding the old family firm. But an old enemy resurfaces - Mr Ben Ford, better known as the Fat Man, who seems determined to ruin the various branches of this growing business. It takes all the well-known Adams ingenuity and determination to outwit the thugs in the Fat Man's pay.Meanwhile, an attractive blonde woman shopping in the market has caught Boots's eye. But Polly does not need to feel apprehensive - the sight of this woman has stirred the worst of memories for Boots, from the darkest days of the war. And on a happier note, there is some surprising news for Chinese Lady - news which will affect the whole of the Adams family.

Publisher: Transworld Digital
Published: Oct 31, 2011
Pages: 385

Mary Jane Staples - On Mother Brown's Doorstep

The big event of the Walworth year was to be the wedding of Sammy Adams to Susie Brown. Susie was overjoyed when her soldier brother turned up for the festivities, but he was hiding an illness, and would soon be fighting his feelings when he meets young Annie Ford. When three girls disappear inmore...The big event of the Walworth year was to be the wedding of Sammy Adams to Susie Brown. Susie was overjoyed when her soldier brother turned up for the festivities, but he was hiding an illness, and would soon be fighting his feelings when he meets young Annie Ford. When three girls disappear in Walworth, the town is turned upside down on the eve of the wedding.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Published:
Pages: 347
ISBN: 0552139750

Mary Jane Staples - Two for Three Farthings

Ten-year-old Horace Withers and his seven-year-old sister Ethel were tragically orphaned by the influenza epidemic of 1921. They ran away to avoid being sent to an orphanage, and were found by Jim Cooper who took them in. Miss Rebecca Pilgrim was a woman of strict Victorian principles, eminentlymore...Ten-year-old Horace Withers and his seven-year-old sister Ethel were tragically orphaned by the influenza epidemic of 1921. They ran away to avoid being sent to an orphanage, and were found by Jim Cooper who took them in. Miss Rebecca Pilgrim was a woman of strict Victorian principles, eminently respectable, and determined to keep her privacy intact. She had reckoned without her new lodgers - Horace, Ethel and the irrepressible Jim Cooper. And thus began the humanizing of Miss Pilgrim, who turned out to be younger, prettier and far gentler than any of them had suspected.

Publisher: Corgi
Published:
Pages: 416
ISBN: 0552136352

Mary Jane Staples - Rising Summer

Tim Parkes was three when his parents were killed in a train crash and he went to live with his Aunt May, first in New Cross, and then to Walworth where the living was cheaper. They managed splendidly - and then came the war. Tim Parkes became Gunner Parkes and Aunt May spent most of her nights in themore...Tim Parkes was three when his parents were killed in a train crash and he went to live with his Aunt May, first in New Cross, and then to Walworth where the living was cheaper. They managed splendidly - and then came the war. Tim Parkes became Gunner Parkes and Aunt May spent most of her nights in the Walworth air raid shelters with Tim keeping an eye on her whenever he was able.When he got posted to Suffolk he wasn't too pleased - Suffolk was Country, not like London at all. But in fact there were a lot of things about Sheldham that reminded him of home - the Walworth evacuees for a start. Those of them that weren't creating havoc in the Suffolk village were creating havoc in Tim's life. Minnie Beavers - ex-Camberwell - was fifteen, pert, pretty, and wildly in love with Tim. She was determined to inveigle him into marriage the minute she was old enough. Tim was equally determined to escape and choose his own girl.By the time Tim had gone away to fight the war, and Minnie had joined the WAAF, a great many things had changed in both their lives.

Publisher: Transworld Digital
Published: Oct 31, 2011
Pages: 352

Mary Jane Staples - Katerina's Secret

Edward Somers has been recovering from his wartime injuries in the South of France. He happens upon a nearby villa, home to a mysterious countess, Katerina, who does not appear to be allowed any visitors. Edward manages to break through to her and soon the pair develop a wonderful friendship. As eachmore...Edward Somers has been recovering from his wartime injuries in the South of France. He happens upon a nearby villa, home to a mysterious countess, Katerina, who does not appear to be allowed any visitors. Edward manages to break through to her and soon the pair develop a wonderful friendship. As each day passes they grow closer and closer but Edward soon finds there is more to Katerina than meets the eye. Why is she confined to the villa, guarded by a man with a rifle? Soon a sinister chain of events begins to unfold, and several attempts on Katerina's life are made. Constantly forced into hiding, will she ever find the love she craves so dearly?

Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Published:

Mary Jane Staples - The Pearly Queen

The Pearly Queen was really Aunt Edie. She was thirty-nine, had a good job in a factory, lived in a flat off Camberwell Green, and had never married. Her fiance had drowned in the Thames when she was a girl and since then she had been on her own, though not from choice. Everyone loved Aunt Edie - butmore...The Pearly Queen was really Aunt Edie. She was thirty-nine, had a good job in a factory, lived in a flat off Camberwell Green, and had never married. Her fiance had drowned in the Thames when she was a girl and since then she had been on her own, though not from choice. Everyone loved Aunt Edie - but especially the Andrews family. Jack Andrews was having a tough time. He'd come back from the First World War to find his wife had 'got religion'.She'd got it so badly that she finally went off, left Jim and the three children and joined Father Peter's League of Repenters. She never really came home again. Jack and the children managed as best they could, but things were pretty tough when Aunt Edie turned up. The first thing she did was give her cousin, Maud Andrews, a piece of her mind for running off and leaving her family. But when that didn't do any good, Edie moved in and took over the Andrews family. For the first time in years life began to look good again. Aunt Edie was warm, generous, kind, and, above all, she was their very own Pearly Queen.

Publisher: Corgi Adult
Published: Jan 1, 1992
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0552138568