Stumbling from the bombed wreckage of Barratts’ Orphanage, Islington, sixteen-year-old Vicky Hobson can’t even remember her name. The runaway evacuees who give her shelter call her Nellie, the only girl in ‘Toff’ Hecht’s gang, until, yet again, tragedy strikes and she is forced to move on.
But when Nellie meets the great music hall illusionists, Monsieur and Madame Pierre – alias Bert and Doris Beckwith and her life begins again. Amongst the bright lights and the grease paint she finds a whole new family. But even as she is happily stitching costumes backstage, Nellie can’t stop thinking about her old life, and more particularly, about the restless young Jewish boy, ‘Toff’ Hecht...
‘Warm and entertaining...brimming with the atmosphere of wartime London’ Coventry Evening Telegraph
‘A very readable story and the style pleasant… I can recommend this book for people who are interested in life during the London Blitz: the descriptions of air raids and the damage caused by them are very realistic. A good read.’ The Historical Novel Society Magazine, May 1998