Born in 1938 under the threat of looming war, Iris spends her early years in Dagenham, playing in the rubble of bombed buildings by day and cowering in a dusty shelter at night. But the hardships of poverty and the dreaded Blitz cannot match the pain she feels at her parents' indifference. When she is evacuated, Iris finds the nurturing home she has always dreamed of with her adopted Welsh parents. But she wonders what will be waiting for her when she returns to London after the war. Will she ever be able to love her philandering father, depressive mother and an angry, bullying brother? Will her family even survive? Or will she have to look further afield for the affection she longs for?
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