Harbour Girl, The

Harbour Girl, The

Val Wood
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Sixteen-year-old Jeannie spends most of her time at Scarborough Harbour - she is a net mender and herring girl, just like her mother. When she meets Harry, a fisherman from Hull, she falls head-over-heels in love with him and soon finds herself pregnant. Her oldest childhood friend Ethan is devastated - he too was in love with Jeannie but never found the courage to tell her. Harry's dour grandmother tells Jeannie that they must marry, despite him being out of work. They do so, and begin a life in the hub of Hull's fishing community. But it is not long before Jeannie realises she has made a terrible mistake... Jeannie is met with joy and tragedy when she gives birth to a beautiful baby boy, but her husband's grandmother dies soon afterwards. From this moment, their marriage drifts apart - Harry leaves her for another woman and Jeannie is left destitute save for the occational work on the fishing quay.
Since winning the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction for her first novel, The Hungry Tide, Val Wood has become one of the most popular authors in the UK. Born in the mining town of Castleford, Val came to East Yorkshire as a child and has lived in Hull and rural Holderness where many of her novels are set. She now lives in the market town of Beverley. When she is not writing, Val is busy promoting libraries and supporting many charities. Find out more about Val Wood's novels by visiting her website: www.valeriewood.co.uk