The Pick-Pocket Orphans

A BRAND NEW completely gripping, emotional saga series from Lindsey Hutchinson for 2024

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Pub Date 21 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 21 Mar 2024

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Thirteen-year-old Alice Truelove can’t take another day of her father’s cruelty.

Better a life on the streets than being constantly blamed for her mother’s sad death, or that’s what Alice thinks as she packs up her meagre possessions. But fending for herself in the Black Country town of Wednesbury is not as easy as she expected, and it soon hits her that without help she will quickly be hungry and cold.

Bertram Jordan, or BJ to his friends, became an orphan much too young after his parents were stolen away by influenza. Growing up on the streets has not been easy, but BJ has learnt to survive, and when he meets Alice, alone and desperate, he’s happy to take her under his wing.

As Alice learns the tricks of the pick-pocketer, the best ways to charm the stallholders on the market and the skills to get by, the two children become firm friends. So, when BJ makes a fatal mistake, Alice can’t bear the thought that she might lose her only friend – forever…

The Queen of Black Country sagas is back with a heart-breaking tale of friendship, families and survival against the odds. Perfect for all fans of Katie Flynn, Val Wood and Lyn Andrews.

Readers love Lindsey Hutchinson:

‘I love this author’s books. Another triumph with lots of twists in the lives of the families. Love, death, great happiness and sadness, even a few murders thrown in.’

‘Yet another brilliant book by Lindsey Hutchinson. A great storyline and a good page turner. Loved every minute reading it.’

‘I didn't want it to end, I have never been disappointed with Lindsey Hutchinson. Can't wait for her next one.’

‘There is so much happening in this book that every single chapter is an absolute page turner. Lindsey Hutchinson is such a wonderful story teller as she reels you right in from the very first chapter.’

‘This book was superb, gripping, heart breaking. I love these two characters in their own role right up to the ending, but I certainly wouldn't like to cross Clarice, she is one psycho woman that wont stop at nothing to get revenge. Readers are going to love this read and it's one of my favourites from this author.’

Thirteen-year-old Alice Truelove can’t take another day of her father’s cruelty.

Better a life on the streets than being constantly blamed for her mother’s sad death, or that’s what Alice thinks as...

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It was a pleasure to review this book for NetGalley, the first in a new series by this much loved author. It's set at the time of the penal colonies in Australia, and gives a fascinating insight into the lives of the transported men.
A thoroughly good read and highly recommended. 5*

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Wow, this has to be the best yet!
Sharing Alice’s journey after she decides to escape from her father who continually berates her for being responsible for the death of her mother, his beloved Peg. Alice’s leaves thinking she is a bad person for causing this. When darkness falls Alice starts to think that it may not be such a good idea, but no matter how bad, nothing would entice her back to her fathers.
Alice is soon taken under the wing of one Bertram Jordan, BJ to friends which Alice soon becomes. BJ teaches Alice to exist by scavenging in the markets and other not so legal ways which don’t sit easily with her.
When BJ doesn’t return one day Alice starts to panic and worry about him, how will she survive on her own. Does Alice have to know how to survive, will she be safe.

Loved it. Don’t know if I’ll manage to wait for the next one. I actually felt bereft at the end.

Favourite characters were Colin & James. Least favourite had to be Bones and the appropriately named Petty.
I especially loved some of BJ’s mispronunciations, they reminded me of my children.

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