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Not All Tarts Are Apple

UK Publisher: Corgi

A rags-to-riches story with a delightfully original spin, Not All Tarts Are Apple is narrated by seven-year-old Rosie who grows up in a cafe in 1950s Soho, watched over by her eagle-eyed Auntie Maggie and Uncle Bert, and visited on occasions by her mother, the mysterious, and often drunk, Perfumed Lady. But it soon transpires that the Perfumed Lady’s family – landed gentry who hail from a country estate near Bath – are desperate to get their hands on Rosie, and will stop at nothing – even kidnap – to acquire her.

Not All Tarts Are Apple is peopled with a wonderful cast of eccentric subsidiary characters – Great Aunt Dodie, Madame Zelda and Paulette, Sharky, the Campini Family who run an Italian delicatessan in Old Compton Street, and Maltese Joe – all of whom live in a Soho so atmospherically evoked that you can smell and taste it.