Helen Forrester's poignant story of poverty-stricken childhood in Liverpool during the 1930s has become a bestselling modern classing. 1930s has become a bestselling modern classic. When Helen Forrester's father went bankrupt in 1930, she and her six siblings were forced from comfortable middle-class life in southern England to utmost poverty in the Depression-ridden North. The running of the household, in slum surroundings and with little food, and the care of the younger children all fell on twelve-year-old Helen. She writes about her experiences without self-pity but rather with a rich sense of humour which makes her touching account of these grim days before the Welfare State funny as well as painful.