Every Step of the Way is written by Kit Domino.
1952 in West London. A time of coffee bars and jukeboxes, Teddy boys and gang fights. As Christmas approaches, sixteen-year-old Beth Brixham has so much to look forward to. No more school, her first job, her first boyfriend. Instead, her world is thrown into darkness and chaos as the Great Smog descends over London, leaving in its wake a trail of death and disruption and changing Beth’s life forever.
When family tragedy strikes during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Beth finds herself shunned by her father. Faced with eviction, she must battle against the prejudices, laws and social bigotry post World War II in an effort to prevent her baby sister being taken into care, but she hadn’t gambled on the price she has to pay when offered a radical solution.
Every Step of the Way was shortlisted for the 2004 Harry Bowling Prize for a London novel.
What a wonderful story, so much pain and heartbreak brilliantly filling each page. Kit has written a pager turner of one young girl’s struggling to live her own life and protect those she holds dear. Being so young doesn’t always make Beth use her head to make decision but instead her heart. Set in the ’50’s with all the social and environmental problems of that time, this story however could happen in any era,
This book really made me think, would I have made the same choices Beth did if I was in her position and I can honestly say I think I would have done. A woman’s in-built strength to protect will always win our rational reason.
I can see why this was shortlisted for the Harry Bowling prize in london in 2004, it’s not a gentle story, it will grip you straight away with lots of twists and turns and could so easily be someone’s memoirs as it feel so real.
Thank you so much Kit for sending me a copy to read, I couldn’t put it down. A great book.
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