Coronation Street At War
By Daran Little
It is September 1939 and into Coronation Street walks the sixteen-year-old Elsie Tanner, just
married, pregnant, optimistic for the future in her more affluent new surroundings.
Within hours war is announced and within days her husband is enlisted. Elsie is left to face her neighbours
alone. Snotty Annie Walker, shy Esther Hayes, cocky Jim Todd and the sturdy upholder of moral values, Ena
This is the time of hairnets, Lucky Strikes, doodlebugs and GIs. With their menfolk overseas, Coronation
Street's women make do. Favourite characters are shown in a new light as everyone rallies round for Ken Barlow's
impromptu birth. But how will Annie Walker cope running the Rovers Return without Jack? Will Ena Sharples
antagonise everyone in the Street? And will Elsie find love?
Funny, heartbreaking and fast-paced, this first Coronation Street novel is rich with familiar voices and a
wonderful insight into Weatherfield life before television cameras even reached it. It is as addictive as the
television drama always has been.
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