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Kennedy, Lena 1913-

Overview
Works: 92 works in 350 publications in 4 languages and 5,308 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Suspense fiction  Romance fiction  Sources  Interviews  Archives 
Roles: Author, Composer
Classifications: PR6061.E597, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Lena Kennedy
Maggie by Lena Kennedy( Book )

25 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 771 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 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amy became the family provider when bereavement and the destruction of her home broke her mother's spirit during World War II. Amy's saviour appeared in the form of Sparky, an irrepressibly charming Cockney. Kindly donated to the Library by Paula Waby
The dandelion seed by Lena Kennedy( Book )

11 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 282 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 275 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
Owen Oliver by Lena Kennedy( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 269 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
Eve's apples by Lena Kennedy( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve-year-old Daisy steals a carrot for Jackie, an Irish barrow-boy, and so begins a love which lasts for both of their lives. When Jackie's family leaves for Australia, Daisy determines to follow her beloved to the ends of the earth if need be
The inn on the marsh by Lena Kennedy( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 261 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
Lily, my lovely by Lena Kennedy( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 259 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
Autumn Alley by Lena Kennedy( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lizzie by Lena Kennedy( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 252 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
Queenie's castle by Lena Kennedy( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 244 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
Lady Penelope by Lena Kennedy( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susan by Lena Kennedy( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate of Clyve Shore by Lena Kennedy( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

SAGAS. Living in poverty in the Kentish marshes, young Kate dreams of a life of abundance and riches in the castle that towers over her village. So when the 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, evil in thought and deed, and they have a sophistication well beyond that of anyone Kate has encountered before. And when her one true love, Tom the fisherman, returns from sailing the seven seas, it is to a very different Kate from the one he left behind
Nelly Kelly by Lena Kennedy( Book )

14 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kitty by Lena Kennedy( Book )

2 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Away to the woods by Lena Kennedy( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 92 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 )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate of Clyve Shore by Lena Kennedy( Recording )

7 editions published between 1900 and 2010 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate, living in poverty, dreams of riches and life in a castle that towers over her village. When Lady Evelyn asks her to be her maid, it is like a dream come true. However, the men she meets are much more sophisticated than those she has met before. This collection of short stories also includes "Two swallows" and "The long spoon."
Ivy of the angel by Lena Kennedy( Recording )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 38 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
 
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Alternative Names
Kennedy, Lena 1913-1986

Lena Kennedy

Lena Kennedy British writer

Smith, Lena 1913-

Languages
English (218)

Spanish (4)

Finnish (3)

Danish (1)

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Down our streetThe dandelion seedIvy of the AngelOwen OliverEve's applesThe inn on the marshAutumn AlleyLizzie