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Historical Fiction | A Ration Book Childhood | Jean Fullerton

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We’re delighted to be on tour sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts for A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton.

A Ration Book Childhood is the third story in the East End Ration Book series but can be read as a stand-alone.

In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.

With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.

When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick and in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens not only Ida’s marriage, but the entire foundation of the Brogan family. Can Ida let go of the past and see a way to forgive her friend? And can she overcome her sadness to find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?

Book cover A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton

A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton is published by Corvus and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


A Ration Book Childhood is a really heart moving story filled with raw emotion of the war years, and the deep effects it had on so many lives.

Jean Fullerton has again beautifully written about the lives of the Brogan’s and how managing in such a time of fear for ones life is still tempered with the dramas of family life.

For married couple Ida and Jeremiah, a ghost from the past drives a sharp wedge between the two of them, that affects the rest of the family deeply.

Yet the family once again unites, when the time calls for aid, and it is the horrors of war that help to put differences aside in perspective of the bigger picture.

For the reader, this story envelopes one in the war torn life of London’s East End from the first page to the last. 

Alice-Jane guest reviewer on Jera's Jamboree

Alice-Jane reviewed A Ration Book Christmas last year. You can read her review here.

Author photo Jean Fullerton

Jean Fullerton is the author of twelve novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer.  She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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