As Time Goes By

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Headline, Nov 24, 2011 - Fiction - 314 pages
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Carter Lane is an ordinary backstreet in Bermondsey and, for Dolly and Mick Flynn, it is home. They've raised their family with not much money but lots of love. When World War Two breaks out they know that nothing will be quite the same again. As the Blitz starts to take its toll and the close-knit community in Carter Lane endures the sorrows and partings which they had dreaded above all else, they find comfort in one another and solace in the knowledge that their wounds will eventually heal - as time goes by. AS TIME GOES BY by is a vivid portrayal of an East End community struggling to survive the horror of the Blitz. Heartbreaking and compelling, this is the story of a community in its darkest and yet finest hour, a community which has all but disappeared.

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User Review  - Joanna Warrens - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this WW2 drama set in London. I will definately read more of his books. Read full review

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User Review  - Em - Goodreads

I liked the idea of this book so much more than the actual book. The elderly Lockwood sisters were absolutely my favourite characters and the love Bowling has for London came through loud and clear, but this didn't make as much of an impact on me as I'd expected. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Harry Bowling was born in Bermondsey, London, and left school at fourteen to supplement the family income as an office boy in a riverside provisions' merchant. He was called up for National Service in the 1950s. Before becoming a writer, he was variously employed as a lorry driver, milkman, meat cutter, carpenter and decorator, and community worker. He lived with his wife and family, dividing his time between Lancashire and Deptford. We at Headline are sorry to say that THE WHISPERING YEARS was Harry Bowling's last novel, as he very sadly died in February 1999. We worked with him for over ten years, ever since the publication of his first novel, CONNER STREET'S WAR, and we miss him enormously, as do his many, many fans around the world. The Harry Bowling Prize was set up in memory of Harry to encourage new, unpublished fiction. Go to for more information.

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