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    The Tin House
    by Elizabeth Owen

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    • Publisher: Derwent Press
    • ISBN: 9781846670312 (1846670314)
    • Author: Elizabeth Owen
    • Language: english
    • Release date: February 10, 2008
    • Format: paperback, 376 pages

    About The Book


    From the beginning, life shows that it could be unbelievably cruel to Tilly, a young girl born in Bilston in the Black Country of the English Midlands. Orphaned at the age of ten, Tilly is sent to live in a convent before being placed into service on a dairy farm. When she turns eighteen, she meets a kind, hard-working man named Jim, falls in love, and marries him. Together, Tilly and Jim raise a large family in a rustic Tin House-five of their nine children born before they even install indoor plumbing.

    Daily living at the Tin House presents constant challenges to the struggling family. During one rough winter, Jim is forced to cut down seven of their precious apple trees as well as sacrificing his daughter’s precious piano in order to keep everyone warm. Several of the children endure injuries and accidents; a stern, well-to-do aunt even attempts to buy one of Tilly’s children to raise as her own. The eldest daughter suffers through a physically abusive marriage, before finally finding her way home to safety.

    But at the Tin House, where a cast of quirky friends and beloved relatives congregate on weekends and the neighborhood kids gather for sledging parties, bonfires and games of rounder and tracking in the fields, the kettle is always on for a cuppa, and no one ever goes hungry.

    The Tin House is a celebration of Tilly’s life, through the humorous times as well as the heartbreaking. Above all, it’s a reminder of the sanctity of family and a parent’s unconditional love for her children, no matter how difficult life may sometimes seem.


    Elizabeth Owen, one of nine children, wrote The Tin House to pay tribute to her wonderful parents, Tilly and Jim.

    This is Elizabeth’s first book, but it upholds the values she lived with all her life: family, love, loyalty, and helping one another. She was exposed to asbestos for ten years at her job, and also smoked heavily, which started her of on a path that eventually led to a lung transplant. Elizabeth’s family included two dearly loved brothers who valiantly battled cancer. Elizabeth, with the help of her family, cared for her mother Tilly, until the last few months of her life. Tilly died at age 86.

    Elizabeth and Dean have 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 3 great granddaughters.The story in this book ends in 1999. In 2004, Jay and Thomas, her sons, bought The Star and Garter where the family shared so many happy times.

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