Britannia Street — Beth Cox
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself
When life unravels for Beth after the break up of a long marriage, she finds herself reaching back for answers. Into her past as a troubled, pregnant teenager in a home rapidly falling apart. Into the life of her great-grandmother, using her skills as a researcher and psychoanalytic psychotherapist to find the truth behind family secrets.
Moving between past and present, through parallel stories of family disintegration and lives knocked off course, and exploring how secrets resonate with shame down through the generations, Britannia Street is a story of how a woman carries trauma to her family and the world. A story with which so many will empathise.
Will Beth be able to discover the lost parts of herself buried beneath the roles of daughter, wife, mother, nurse?
Can she learn to understand and forgive herself? Will she emerge to find love again, and with who?
Sometimes we have no idea why we make the choices we do, but for Beth, there is the chance to make the right choice.
Family secrets and resilience weave together in this compelling story of how we deal with loss of so many kinds, even the loss of self. From historical fiction author, Beth Cox, Britannia Street is a vivid, compassionate fictionalised biography that will grip you from beginning to end.
Beth Cox started writing fiction when she retired after working in the NHS for most of her life. She began writing Britannia Street when she was a student on the MA Creative Writing at Manchester University. She has also written two historical novels. Beth lives in Manchester with her husband and two miniature dachshunds.