War Babies

Listen to a sample

What to expect

Rachel Booker has a difficult start in life. When her father dies, deep in gambling debt, her mother must harden herself to make ends meet, but becomes so hard she has little room left for affection or warmth. Mother and daughter work at the open market in Birmingham, selling second-hand clothes or whatever they can find just to put a little food on the table.

But the market has a silver lining: it’s there that Rachel makes her first childhood friend, Danny. As they grow older, the friendship grows into something more and their innocent romance gives Rachel the care and comfort she’s always craved. But at just sixteen, as World War II breaks out, Rachel falls pregnant. They marry in haste but it isn’t long before Danny is called up.

Left on the home front with a new baby and little else, Rachel must scrape by with the other residents of Sparkbrook. But if Danny ever makes it home, will he be the same boy she loved so fiercely? And if Rachel can sustain the family until then, will she end up as hard-hearted as her own mother?

Annie Murray’s War Babies is a moving and insightful novel, read by Annie Aldington, about hardships on the home front and how the war changed everybody it touched . . .

Critics Review

  • Chocolate Girls – This epic saga will have you gripped from start to finish

    Birmingham Evening Mail
  • Birmingham Rose – An exceptional first novel

  • Birmingham Friends – A meaty family saga with just the right mix of mystery and nostalgia

    Parents' Magazine
  • Birmingham Blitz – A tale of passion and empathy which will keep you hooked

    Woman's Own
  • The Narrowboat Girl – Classy historical fiction – heartwarming and full of adventure

    Newswatch UK

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to get tailored content recommendations, product updates and info on new releases. Your data is your own: we commit to protect your data and respect your privacy.