Kate Thompson

The Stepney Doorstep Society
  • The Stepney Doorstep Society

  • The unsung and remarkable stories of the women who held London's East End together during not one, but two world wars.

    'Inspiring tales of courage in the face of hardship' Mail on Sunday

    'Inspiring . . . Takes you back to a time of community and helping one another' 5***** Reader Review

    'It made me laugh and gasp in equal measure' 5***** Reader Review
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    Meet Minksy, Gladys, Beatty, Joan and Girl Walker . . .

    While the men were at war, these women ruled the streets of the East End. Struggling against poverty to survive, and fighting for their community in our country's darkest hours.

    But there was also joy to be found. Across the East End the streets were alive - you need only walk a few steps for a smile from a neighbour or a strong cup of tea.

    From taking over the London Underground, standing up to the Kray twins and crawling out of bombsites, The Stepney Doorstep Society tells the vivid and moving stories of the matriarchs who remain the backbone of the East End to this day.
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    'Kate Thompson's study of five working-class women who lived through the blitz shows how informal collectives can provide lasting support and inspiration . . . [a] fascinating account' Guardian

    'An important glimpse into a vanishing world' Sunday Express

    'One of the best books I have read in recent years' 5***** Reader Review

    'Crammed full of fascinating stories' BBC 2 Steve Wright

    'Fascinating . . . It was fascinating to hear how these women kept going' 5***** Reader Review

    'Astonishing' Radio 5 Live

Kate Thompson is one of the most exciting authors writing for young people today. A born storyteller, her work is highly original and she is thought provoking in her ideas. She has travelled widely in the USA and India and studied law in London. After living in County Clare, she moved to Kinvara in County Galway and there, she discovered her passion for playing the fiddle. She is now an accomplished player and also has a great interest in restoring instruments. Kate is the only author to win the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year award four times - in 2002 for The Beguilers, in 2003 for The Alchemist's Apprentice, in 2004 for Annan Water and in 2006 for The New Policeman. The New Policeman also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2005, the Whitbread Book Award Children's category 2005, the Children's Book of the Year in the Irish Book Awards in March 2006 and has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2008 Kate was again shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Award for her book, The Last of the High Kings, a beautiful and haunting story that delves deep into the magic of Irish myth and folklore.

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