Born in Cheshire, Helen Forrester, the eldest of seven children, made her home in Liverpool until emigrating to Canada. She is the author of four bestselling volumes of autobiography and a number of equally successful novels.
`Remarkable that from so bleak and unloving a background came a writer of such affectionate understanding and unsettling honesty'Sunday Telegraph `It was the biography that I would have written if my parents had not been given benefits, if they'd had to rely on parish hand outs ... [I] want to press this book into your hands and go, You must read this .' Caitlin Moran `What makes this writer's self-told tale so memorable?... An absolute recall, a genius for the unforgettable detail, the rare chance of subject'The Good Book Guide