One Girl Began

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Author: Kate Murray-Browne

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Phoenix

ISBN: 9781399613651

RRP: $55.00


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‘A beautiful novel . . . reminds us that our streets are thick with history’


‘Both moving and addictive’





East London, 1909. When her family fall on hard times, Ellen finds work in a box factory and is drawn into a tight-knit circle of friendship, one that will transform her life and test her in unexpected ways.

In 1984, the factory is now derelict. Eighteen-year- old Frances moves in with a group of squatters and activists who have taken over the abandoned building. As she tries to build a new life, an unsettling relationship develops, forcing her to question who she is and where her loyalties lie.

In 2020, the squat is now a gentrified conversion in a fashionable corner of the city. Amanda feels trapped in her tiny flat, overwhelmed by the demands of new motherhood and unsure of what the future holds – until the possibility of an alternative life presents itself . . .

From acclaimed author Kate Murray-Browne, One Girl Began is a vibrant, enthralling and moving novel about three women across three very different moments in time, connected by the same building and the forces that shape our lives.

One Girl Began got me by the throat from the very first page, and I read it in two glorious sittings, trying to ration it but unable to put it down. I love it for what it says about London, how it brings the past so triumphantly into the present. But most of all, I love how Kate writes about being a woman in the world, then and now. Reading it, I felt seen

A beautiful novel . . . Murray-Browne has a gift for writing the inner life – the thoughts felt deeply but never said aloud, the secret struggles, and the private hopes

With shades of Life After Life, it’s an engrossing story where the complexities of women’s lives echo through the different timelines. I absolutely adored it

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