Meet the Drapers – they're as tough at they come …
The gritty new drama from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Nobody's Girl. Set on the mean streets of 1960s South London.
The Drapers rule the streets of South London. Everyone's afraid of them – and that's just how they like it.
But when tempers flare and a family feud spirals out of control, tragedy strikes, leaving eldest son Danny in charge.
But he has shocking plans for the family business and Petula, the baby of the family, becomes the scapegoat for the Draper’s dirty dealings.
Years later, and the once united family has now split up. Petula returns to the place she once called home to face her family as well as her demons, unleashing a terrible secret that could destroy them once and for all…
Praise for Nobody’s Girl and Sins of the Father:
‘This pageturner is a gritty tale of survival.’ Tesco magazine.
'Heartbreakingly poignant and joltingly realistic. From the first page the characters and their lives drew me in. It combines wonderfully accurate historical detail with true gritty realism in a book that fans of misery lit won't want to miss.' Annie Groves, author of Some Sunny Day.
‘Full of drama and heartache.’
Praise for Kitty Neale:
"A gritty tale" Bella
"Neale makes Cookson's earthiest stories look a little tame." Peterborough Evening Telegraph
About the author
Kitty Neale was raised in South London and this working class area became the inspiration for her novels. In the 1980s she moved to Surrey with her husband and two children, but in 1998 there was a catalyst in her life when her son died, aged 27. After working for 2 years with other bereaved parents in a support group, Kitty took up writing, and now lives in Spain with her husband.
Chick lit favorite Palmer (Seeing Me Naked) dips into darker territory with her latest. Private school speech therapist Frannie's most recent breakup opens her mind to the possibility that her romantic failures are due to a "fear that my defenseless heart and my unconditional love are a burden no one wants." Frannie's burgeoning confidence leads her to start a relationship with Sam, an "out of my league" architect working at the school. The novel takes a strange turn when the new headmistress's controlling husband kills his wife on campus during a faculty gathering at which Sam, Frannie, and her friends are present. While the drama of the incident propels all the characters to honest reflection and action, the second half of the book suffers as the incompatible tones of the two story lines grate against each other. Nonetheless, Palmer's dialogue is reliably natural and funny, and her insights into the way women betray their true selves in search of acceptance are keen and honest.