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Beryl Matthews

Agent:  Hattie Grunewald

Biography: An accomplished novelist, writing in the genre that Catherine Cookson made her own, but with novels set in London. 

As a young girl her ambition was to become a professional singer but lack of funds drove her into an office, where she worked her way up from tea-girl to credit controller. After she retired, she began to pursue her dream of becoming a published author and has since had 15 novels published. Her newest, THE DAY WILL COME, will be published by Allison & Busby in 2015.

'Heartwarming, brimming-with-happiness story, this rags to riches story is perfect. Charming, captivating, fulfilling and lively.' - Booklist (USA)

 
 
THE DAY WILL COME 320 pages Allison & Busby, Nov 2015 London, 1940. Grace is devastated when her husband of one year is killed in Dunkirk. When her employer goes off to fight in the war, she takes the opportunity to throw herself into the war effort, along with her best friend Helen, in a move that will change their lives forever. 

THE DAY WILL COME

320 pages
Allison & Busby, Nov 2015


London, 1940. Grace is devastated when her husband of one year is killed in Dunkirk. When her employer goes off to fight in the war, she takes the opportunity to throw herself into the war effort, along with her best friend Helen, in a move that will change their lives forever. 

THE FORGOTTEN FAMILY 284 pages Allison & Busby, May 2015 It is Whitechapel, London 1890. Queenie Bonner is only two when she is taken from her large family in the slums to a big house in the country. She is frightened and confused, begging to be taken back, but she is told that this is now her home. As time passes Eleanor forgets about her other family. But fifteen years later, she sets about tracing her forgotten family. The search holds pleasure, distress and even danger.

THE FORGOTTEN FAMILY

284 pages
Allison & Busby, May 2015

It is Whitechapel, London 1890. Queenie Bonner is only two when she is taken from her large family in the slums to a big house in the country. She is frightened and confused, begging to be taken back, but she is told that this is now her home. As time passes Eleanor forgets about her other family. But fifteen years later, she sets about tracing her forgotten family. The search holds pleasure, distress and even danger.

HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS 232 pages Allison & Busby, May 2015 Gertrude Melrose is concerned for her brother, Edward, who seems intent on squandering his inheritance at the gaming tables. Her fears are justified when Edward's debts threaten to destroy the Melrose family's prosperity. 

HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS

232 pages
Allison & Busby, May 2015

Gertrude Melrose is concerned for her brother, Edward, who seems intent on squandering his inheritance at the gaming tables. Her fears are justified when Edward's debts threaten to destroy the Melrose family's prosperity. 

BATTLES LOST AND WON 240 pages Allison and Busby, Nov 2015 1919. Robert Hunter, a young boy in London's East End, eagerly awaits his father's return from the war. Next-door, Ruth Cooper's family are also preparing to welcome her dad, whose ship was lost and Jutland. Anticipation is high - but the youngsters are aware of the many physical and mental scars borne by the returning heroes.

BATTLES LOST AND WON

240 pages
Allison and Busby, Nov 2015

1919. Robert Hunter, a young boy in London's East End, eagerly awaits his father's return from the war. Next-door, Ruth Cooper's family are also preparing to welcome her dad, whose ship was lost and Jutland. Anticipation is high - but the youngsters are aware of the many physical and mental scars borne by the returning heroes.