The Orphans from Liverpool Lane

Eliza Morton

06 July 2023
400 pages


A warm yet gritty saga set in Liverpool, The Orphans from Liverpool Lane is a heartfelt story from Eliza Morton, the acclaimed author of Angel of Liverpool.

All she wants is to go home . . .

1944, Liverpool.

Marcia is only twelve years old the first time she is sent to the orphanage with her older sister, Cynthia. With their father in a POW camp in Singapore, her mother is struggling to cope and hands them over to the nuns to be 'orphans of the living' - a harsh term for those children with living parents, whose families have abandoned them.

Things look up when their father finally returns and the girls are allowed home, but it's clear the years in the camp have taken their toll on the sweet man Marcia barely remembers - and the family disintegrates.

Cynthia finds an escape with an aunt and her ambitions to be a dancer. But Marcia is sent back to the orphanage. And while she finds friends among her fellow 'orphans', it is no substitute for the family she so desperately craves . . .

One of my favourite authors – I love her books!
This book is an absolute gem – full of humour, heartbreak and love, vividly bringing to life the people and places of post-war Liverpool
Heartstrings are tugged in this gritty Liverpool saga which is beautifully written . . . Saga writing at its best . . . a poignant reminder of how society has changed