One forgotten street, 12 unforgettable women.
Through the story of one street – Constance Street – we hear the
We have Nellie Greenwood, the author’s great-grandmother, who runs a laundry in Silvertown, which becomes the focal point of the community. In 1917 a munitions factory in Silvertown explodes, flattening much of the surrounding area and causing extensive damage to Constance Street. Nellie’s daughter is blown from her crib but miraculously survives.
Deciding to open the laundry as a field hospital for the injured, Nellie and the women on the street come together to tend the wounded, the sick and the emotionally shattered as they cope with the aftermath of not just one but two world wars.
Through the Great War, the roaring ’20s, the Depression and then the unimaginable – the outbreak of a second world war – Nellie and the street survive with love, laughter and friendships that bind the community together. But just as this incredible group of women live through the worst, the unthinkable happens. On 7 September 1940, Constance Street is no more.
Following in the footsteps of Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth and The Sugar Girls, Constance Street is a life-affirming, heart-warming read that reminds us of a time when people pulled together.
Read Charlie’s blog post about Constance Street here.
Available as an unabridged audiobook
The audio version of Constance Street: the true story of one family and one street in London’s East End is published by Harper Collins and read by