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Kennedy, Lena 1913-

Works: 93 works in 362 publications in 4 languages and 5,113 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  History  Biography  Domestic fiction  Romance fiction  Suspense fiction  Interviews  Sources  Archives 
Roles: Author, Composer
Classifications: PR6061.E597, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Lena Kennedy
Maggie by Lena Kennedy( Book )

26 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raised in Stepney, at the heart of the East End, Maggie Riley is the only child of an Irish widower. When she becomes pregnant at the age of 15 she is delighted, for it means she has captured her beloved Jim Burns. But life is a constant struggle: to bring up her four sons, to cope with a part-time husband and to better herself
Down our street by Lena Kennedy( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the outbreak of World War II, the Flanagan family is sundered, shaken from their crowded nest in London's East End ... The war brings tragedy - even the old home is in ruins, bombed and shell-splintered. It's Amy, with her fierce courage and determination, who pulls the family back together. Then handsome Sparky, full of wicked charm and Cockney banter, walks into her life and wins her heart. Turbulent happy years follow; times of great joy for Amy and times of bitter heart-rending when family ties war against the needs of her feckless darling husband"--Publisher's description
The dandelion seed by Lena Kennedy( Book )

11 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An innocent woman caught up in the dangerous London of James I. Her mother's violent death left Marcelle at the mercy of her lecherous stepfather, until Thomas Mayhew, King's Messenger and attendant to the flamboyant court favourite Robert Carr, offers her protection, freedom - love. But such perfect happiness is brittle, vulnerable. A mysterious royal lover, tawny-haired and passionate, leaves Marcelle with child. Kidnapped by the powerful Howard family, the baby is an innocent pawn in a deadly political game and Marcelle's desperate search for her son threatens her reconciliation with Thomas, her health, and her very sanity"--Publisher's description
Ivy of the Angel by Lena Kennedy( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleven stories. The title story tells of an elderly bag lady who becomes the centre of attention in an Oxford Street store
Autumn Alley by Lena Kennedy( Book )

15 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Meet Maud, the formidable Irish-American suffragette; sulky Patricia, whose unhappy childhood leads her to a dangerous love affair; vivacious, flame-haired Colleen; Mary, who struggles to bring up children beside her wayward husband - and Arfer, whose quick mind lifts him out from the world of poverty in London's East End"--Publisher's description
The inn on the marsh by Lena Kennedy( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the tavern, hard-headed Beatrice and her sister Dot care for their invalid father and for Lucinda, their pretty orphaned niece. The inn is their livelihood but village business is ever Beat's business too. And now some dark cloud has descended on them all..." -- Publisher
Owen Oliver by Lena Kennedy( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the heart of teeming nineteenth-century London, Owen Oliver walks out of his gloomy, unwelcoming lodgings - and doesn't stop his travels until he reaches Kent. There, Owen's life is dramatically altered. An orphan, he is adopted ... secures employment in the shipping agency of an old sea captain and his fortunes soon increase as he proves to be invaluable in his clerical job. But Owen is not content. All around him he sees a widening gap between the comfortable middle classes and the helpless destitution of the poor. He is horrified by the plight of the thin and hungry and the evils of child labour. So when he takes the matter into his own hands and rescues a beautiful ragged child ... his fate is sealed"--Publisher's description
Lily, my lovely by Lena Kennedy( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Born in Canning Town, in the heart of London's teeming dockland, red-headed Lily is a true Cockney in her zest for life, her natural humor, and her instinct for survival. With the outbreak of World War II, husband George goes off to fight for King and Country and into the close-knit East End community bursts Kasie, a Dutch seaman who quickly falls for Lily's bright curls and ready smile. His romantic ways make Lily go weak at the knees, and although she sticks by her husband, her heart belongs wholly to her flying Dutchman. Torn between his native homeland and his yearning for "Lily, my lovely," Kasie sweeps in and out of her life throughout the post-war years and the swinging Sixties, always on a tide of storms and passion. Only when that tide finally recedes does an older and wiser Lily settle down among her adored grandchildren to remember fondly her adventurous life."--Publisher's description
Eve's apples by Lena Kennedy( Book )

15 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Twelve-year-old Daisy Smith steals a carrot for Jackie Murphy ... and so begins a love affair which will last for both their lives. Even when Jackie's family leaves for Australia, Daisy ... determines to follow her love to the ends of the earth, if need be! In Australia, they both make their fortunes - Jackie in the opal mines and Daisy through the outback bar she runs with her husband. On his death she returns to England to be with Petal, her illegitimate daughter ... But restless Petal is determined ... [on] a modelling career in New York. Though Daisy and Jackie are destined never to marry, their various children, like Eve's apples, will spread out across the world to create new lives thousands of miles away from their East End toots"--Publisher's description
Lizzie by Lena Kennedy( Book )

13 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tiny, warm-hearted, totally devoted to her charming rogue of a husband, Lizzie mothers her brood of nephews and nieces through the perils of the war-torn capital, makes a home for them in the bomb shelters of underground London, launches them on the roller-coaster of life and stands by with help and encouragement. For Lizzie is a survivor ... with the unquenchable optimism, the great heart, the indomitable courage that sum up the spirit of the East End"--Publisher's description
Lady Penelope by Lena Kennedy( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Warm-hearted and wilful. her temper as fiery as ... hair, Lady Penelope's impulsive nature makes her as many enemies as her vivacious, flame-haired beauty wins her admirers. Caught up in the dangerous intrigues of Queen Elizabeth's court, forced to marry a wealthy but repulsive nobleman, she pours all her passion into her children - and her lovers. But though her heart often rules her head, Penelope survives her loveless marriage and a life filled with tragedy to emerge triumphant"--Publisher's description
Susan by Lena Kennedy( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Susan is a London slum child, brought up in an East End orphanage. Rebelling against its rigid rules, she runs away to Soho and is adopted by a group of prostitutes. Soon, she too is earning her living 'on the game'. When Billy 'Apples' Rafferty, a Cockney villain with a heart of gold, becomes her protector, Sue swears to give up her racy life. But when Billy is sent to prison, she soon breaks her promise and her earthy beauty makes her one of Soho's most popular hostesses. A lucky encounter secures Susan a respectable job as a manageress of a small hotel in Devon. But then her past catches up with her"--Publisher's description
Queenie's castle by Lena Kennedy( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On his release from a wrongful charge of murder, Joe Walowski heads to the East End of London to find the real killers. There he meets the mysterious Queenie, proprietor of the Ship and Castle pub, and as he falls under her spell, he gradually becomes entangled in London's underworld
Kate of Clyve Shore by Lena Kennedy( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Living in poverty in the Kentish marshes in the days of Henry VIII. young Kate dreams of a life of abundance and riches in the castle near her village. So when beautiful Lady Evelyn descends, requesting Kate to be her personal maidservant at the castle, it looks like the first stage of a dream come true. But there are blackhearted men to contend with ... An when her one tru love ... returns from sailing the seven seas, it is to a very different Kate from the one he had left behind
Nelly Kelly by Lena Kennedy( Book )

14 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the turmoil and confusion of London's East End between the wars, young Nelly Kelly soon learns that life may never match her expectations. Foced to keep house for her autocratic, charming father, Nelly toils in a sweatshop to keep her family fed and clothed. But when life is hard, Nelly has friendship, dancing and her early dreams to cling to. Dreams which slowly crumble as marriage, the war and a lost baby are followed by the heartache of a lost love ... faced by a crisis which will test her courage to the limit, no tragedy can change Nelly Kelly's determination to be her own woman"--Publisher's description
Kitty by Lena Kennedy( Book )

2 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Away to the woods by Lena Kennedy( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book looks at the formative influences that shaped the author's career. Examining the inspiration for each of her novels, she describes the long search for a publisher, her joy at finding success and her setback late in life that nearly robbed her of many years work. She lived all her life in London's East End and died in 1986
Lizzie by Lena Kennedy( Recording )

7 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Warm-hearted Lizzie lives only for her wayward husband and as substitute mother to her sister's children. From her childhood in an East End slum through the war years, Lizzie's story is that of a survivor. Some strong language. 1982
Ivy of the angel by Lena Kennedy( Recording )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lena Kennedy's ten stories explore the enduring power of love, the triumph of hope over adversity, the problems of illness and racial prejudice and the quirky kindness of fate
Susan by Lena Kennedy( Recording )

4 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susan, a slum child brought up in an East End orphanage, runs away to Soho where she is adopted by a group of prostitutes and is soon earning her living 'on the game'. A lucky encounter offers her a chance to escape - but then her past catches up with her
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Kennedy, Lena 1913-1986

Lena Kennedy

Lena Kennedy British writer

Smith, Lena 1913-

Лена Кеннеди

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Down our streetThe dandelion seedIvy of the AngelAutumn AlleyThe inn on the marshOwen OliverEve's applesLizzie