Lemon Sherbet and Dolly Blue

Lynn Knight

RRP: £9.99

1 May 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848874176

RRP: £17.99

1 August 2011

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848874169

RRP: £3.99

1 August 2011

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857895745

150 Station Road, Wheeldon Mill – a short stride across the Chesterfield Canal in the heart of Derbyshire – was home to the Nash family and their corner shop, serving a small mining community with everything from Brasso to Dolly Blue, from cheap dress rings to Lemon Sherbets.

However, this was no ordinary home and no ordinary family. Three generations were adopted – Lynn Knight’s great grandfather, a fairground boy given away when his parents left for America in 1865, her great aunt, rescued from an Industrial School in 1909, and her mother, adopted in London as a baby and brought north in 1930.

Their story spans centuries and the changing society of twentieth century Britain. But more than that it is a story of community and of love. Full of colour, light and life, Lemon Sherbet & Dolly Blue is a story of what it really means to be family.


A book to recommend with all one's heart... It's a book you want to hug at each turn of fortune... Knight tells her tale scintillatingly.
The Times

A warm, human and well-written book, a slice of social history which throws a strong light on personal experiences.
Hilary Mantel

A treasure trove... Lynn Knight's vivid evocation of people who started with nothing, but lived lives rich in generosity and love makes a fascinating and thought-provoking story
Daily Mail