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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408725894

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Alice is a working hard to provide for her daughter, Mollie. But it’s a challenge juggling her job alongside her duties as a single Mum in Leeds: a city she barely knows. Her neighbours keep to themselves and as much as she longs for a friend to rely on, she knows that things don’t work out that way.

Bill has lived on Leodis Street for eighty years. It’s where he was born, began his married life and eventually cared for his wife in her final days. Since Sally’s death, Bill’s home is a place of solitude, his talisman against an unrecognisable world.

When the residents of Leodis Street are threatened with eviction, Alice knows that she needs to make a stand. As she reaches out to her neighbours and learns about their lives, she is surprised to discover that she might already live next door to the friends she has been yearning for. Perhaps together they can build a community to be proud of and discover the true meaning of home.

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Dear Neighbour is a love letter to the power of community. Told through the eyes of a nuanced, diverse and infinitely lovable cast of characters, this uplifting and spirited book shows us what people can achieve when they pull together. A joy to read
ELEANOR RAY, author of Everything is Beautiful
I didn't just enjoy it - I loved it. The story gripped me from the start. I felt for all the characters - especially grumpy old guy Bill and even grumpier teen Jessie. The themes spoke to me: finding strength and friendship in unlikely places, and the importance of standing together when everything seems hopeless. Especially when everything feels hopeless. By the end, I couldn't put it down and had to finish it in one sitting
ROSIE GARLAND, author of What Girls Do in the Dark
Jane Claire Bradley has created a neighbourhood so real, I felt part of it. Dear Neighbour tells a story that reminds us of the importance of tolerance, cooperation, and local mutual aid even - or especially - in the face of vast, structural challenges. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is a novel for our times
CLAIRE ASKEW, author of Cover Your Tracks