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73 Dove Street


When Edie Budd arrives at a shabby West London boarding house in October 1958, carrying nothing except a broken suitcase and an envelope full of cash, it’s clear she’s hiding a terrible secret. And she’s not the only one; the other women of 73 Dove Street have secrets of their own. Tommie, who lives on the second floor, waits on the eccentric Mrs Vee by day. After dark, she harbours an addiction to seedy Soho nightlife – and a man she can’t quit. Phyllis, 73 Dove Street’s formidable landlady, has set fire to her husband’s belongings after discovering a heart-breaking betrayal – yet her fierce bravado hides a past she doesn’t want to talk about. At first, the three women keep to themselves. But as Edie’s past catches up with her, Tommie becomes caught in her web of lies – forcing her to make a decision that will change everything.

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Soho, London, 1958. Three women. One boarding house. A secret that could shatter everything.

‘Gripping? Julie Owen Moylan vividly recreates drab, grey postwar London and her characters are convincing to the end’ THE TIMES, ‘BEST NEW HISTORICAL FICTION’

‘Psychologically astute and emotionally absorbing, this is a heartfelt read’ DAILY MAIL

‘Emotional, immersive and utterly absorbing’ JENNIFER SAINT


West London, 1958. 73 Dove Street is a shabby house in a shabby street.
But this boarding house’s attic room suits newcomer Edie Budd very well.
It’s somewhere to hide.

Tommie, on the second floor, is up in Soho every night.
There’s a man she’s pursuing –
whether he wants her or not.

Landlady Phyllis has thrown out her cheating husband.
She’s burned his belongings in the street.
Sometimes there’s no going back.

Three survivors living under one roof.
Each alone nursing their secret hurts – and hopes.
Because opening your heart could save or destroy you…


‘A wonderfully evocative, immersive novel that brings 50s London to life, from the smog and the nightlife to attitudes towards women . . . a vivid, absorbing and ultimately uplifting read’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘The sense of time and place is beautifully evocative. It’s about pride and shame and love and loss and ultimately hope’ LAURA SHEPHERD-ROBINSON

‘Once again, Julie Owen Moylan has created a world that feels completely real and vivid’ JODIE CHAPMAN

‘From the Rivoli Ballroom to the seedy nightlife of Soho, the characters leap off the page in this compelling mystery’ WOMAN & HOME

‘A beautiful story of friendship and new beginnings’ BEST

‘Gripping and atmospheric’ RED

Additional information

Weight 0.287 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.5 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


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