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The Four Streets: Volume 1

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Summer is coming to the four streets – but so is trouble, especially for its redoubtable women, who've struggled through a bitter winter to put food on the table. This was a bit slow at the start and I was about to give up on it but then the story got going and the characters developed. But whilst it was a good story i found some of the content so uncomfortable and had to move forward a chapter. If he hadn't been a docker, putting in ten hours a day of hard manual labour, he would have been short and fat. Here the values of rural Irish communities, where whole families can live for a week on a pan of boiled nettles and a hen's foot, are transposed into mean streets of two-up, two-downs with an outhouse in the yard and Granada TV on the sideboard.

It's not hard to find fault with a first novel: I thought a couple of Ms Dorries' plot devices were a touch simplistic and her characters sometimes go from elation to gloom and despondency without much in between. The cuckoo in the nest had been put firmly in her place,” says the satisfied narrator, and so we must believe there is hope in sedatives not only for Alice but also for all Protestants, given that she is their only representative in the book. Print sales for the novel are much lower: the hardback has sold 2,735 copies to date in the UK and the paperback 637, said book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan. Not trying to spoil anything but having a ghost character, without really exploiting the angle seems like a waste.

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