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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts

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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts

By Mary Gibson
Published by Head of Zeus
ISBN 9781781855775
Spring 2015 (1st March - 14th May


Britain, 1911. Strikes and riots erupt as the Great War looms. Factory girl Nellie Clark's wages stand between her young siblings and starvation. As the women of Duff's custard factory watch their menfolk prepare for war, Nellie must make a difficult choice: her family, or the man she loves...

Author's Biography

Mary Gibson was brought up in Bermondsey. Her grandmother and great aunt worked at Pearce Duff’s custard factory and her grandfather was a Royal Field Artillery horse driver during the First World War. The stories and experiences of her family inspired her debut novel Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts.


'A cracking tale full of warmth and history.' Bella magazine

'A lovely read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, family saga or romance... if she continues writing to this standard she’ll become a household name.'
Left on the Shelf

'I couldn't put it down... Gibson sets the bar extremely high with her first novel and I cant wait to see what she produces next...' Bookbag

'There were parts that tugged unrelentingly at my heartstrings and parts that left me wanting to jump for joy... A real triumph.' Novelicious

‘A fabulous, fascinating read' Vanessa Feltz

Price £7.99

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