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A message from Dilly
I hope you enjoy reading The Shopkeeper’s Daughter. This story is very personal to me as my father, when he was demobbed from the army in 1946, went into business with his two brothers, opening three furniture shops in the suburbs of East London.
I used to love visiting my father’s shop as a child, and I can still remember the smell of linoleum and hessian backed carpets. I remember the tiny office crammed with catalogues and carpet samples, and the overflowing ashtray on his desk. But that is where the likeness between me and my heroine, Ginnie Travis, ends as I never worked in the shop. I might have washed a teacup or two, but nothing more arduous and I never experienced the terror of an air raid or the life-changing events that forced Ginnie to take responsibility for her
I look forward to meeting you again in my next book, A Loving Family (out in March 2014), which starts in Florence Nightingale’s hospital at Scutari in the Crimean war when fourteen-year-old Jacinta Romero loses her father to the wounds he received in battle and her mother to the dreaded disease cholera.
With my very best wishes,