Praise for Lemon Sherbet and Dolly Blue: The Story of an Accidental Family
'A warm, human and well-written book ... Lynn Knight shows with great eloquence how social disadvantages need not negate emotional warmth and individual hope
- HILARY MANTEL
A book to recommend with all one's heart ... It's a book you want to hug at each turn of fortune ... Knight tells her tale scintillatingly, with affectionate appreciation underscored by the knowledge that, had they not been rescued, three lives would have been very different' - VALERIE GROVE, THE TIMES, 'BOOK OF THE WEEK'
'[Knight's] vivid evocation of people who started with nothing, but lived lives rich in generosity and love makes a fascinating and thought-provoking story' - DAILY MAIL
'Intriguing and affecting ... An absorbing tale' - DAILY EXPRESS
'An engaging memoir of [an] extraordinary family ... a captivating snapshot of social history' - SUNDAY TIMES
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150 Station Road, Wheeldon Mill - a short stride across the Chesterfield Canal in the heart of Derbyshire - was home to the Nash family and their corner shop, which served a small mining community with everything from Brasso and Dolly Blue to cheap dress rings and bright sugary sweets.
But just as this was no ordinary home, theirs was no ordinary family. Lynn Knight tells the remarkable story of the three adoptions within it: of her great-grandfather, a fairground boy, given away when his parents left for America in 1865; of her great-aunt, rescued from an Industrial School in 1909; and of her mother, adopted as a baby in 1930 and brought to Chesterfield from London.
Full of light, life and colour, spanning three generations and two world wars, this memoir weaves a rich portrait of a community and of family love and loyalty regardless of blood ties.