Liverpool Daisy is set in Liverpool in the thirties, during the worldwide depression. Daisy Gallagher and her family live in the slums near the river and scratch a living relying on public welfare, charity and the scant payments sent home from Daisy's sailor husband. One night, when she's walking by the river she is accosted by three sailors. She submits to them before they can rape her and they pay her for her services. Suddenly, Daisy has found a new way to support her family....
Forrester writes warmly but brutally honestly about her home city and her excellent descriptions make you feel like you're really there. Seriously, my skin is still itching from the descriptions of the lice and dirt. Daisy is an interesting character; she takes to prostitution very easily and she's bawdy and crude, but has an innate sense of honour and loyalty towards her friends and family.
Despite the horror of the setting, the horrific attitudes towards women and the grimness of Daisy's chosen profession, I enjoyed this book. Recommended for anyone looking for a quick read that you don't have to think too much about, especially if you have an interest in historical fiction.