Molly Cutpurse

 
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OBSESSIONS

ISBN: 978-1-291-71151-6

Published: January 2014

Print Length: 181 pages

Language: English

Obsessions is an irregular glimpse into the pennilessness life of Miss Hester Martin-Compter, the only child of a once wealthy banking family, destined by a deranged mind to live amongst the poverty of the Whitechapel area of London during the interwar years, World War Two and the nineteen fifties.

A bewildering, self-obsessed passion, infatuations by others and a tenuous, bizarre connection with Whitechapel’s most infamous murderer, Jack the Ripper shapes her life and destiny as she and her mother, Cecelia learns to live amongst the impoverished residents about which the child previously had no knowledge.

At first, living a hand-to-mouth existence, and becoming friends with a variety of idiosyncratic local characters, as decades pass, Hester’s introverted self disappears as, through marriage and friendships gained, she learns to trust herself as she embraces the opportunities of the middle of the twentieth century.