The Scarlet Sisters: My nanna’s story of secrets and heartache on the banks of the River Thames by Helen Batten is published by Ebury Publishing today.


When Helen Batten’s marriage breaks down, she starts on a journey of discovery into her family’s past and the mysteries surrounding her enigmatic nanna’s early life.

What she unearths is a tale of five feisty red heads struggling to climb out of poverty and find love through two world wars. It’s a story full of surprises and scandal – a death in a workhouse, a son kept in a box, a shameful war record, a clandestine marriage and children taken far too soon. It’s as if there is a family curse…

Helen starts to break the spell of the past, and sees a way she might find love again herself.

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