Just over a week until hardback release of EAST END ANGEL. Always with tension in the air, countdowns are incredibly exciting. This year, even more so, because Simon&Schuster have given the Rivers brand a make-over; new style title, jacket cover and together with Facebook and Twitter a whole new readership. It’s great to have so much interest, to be able to talk to people in the real world and on-line about the tiny patch of land called the Isle of Dogs - in London’s East End – and the setting for all my stories. The island, comprised of docklands, was ear-marked by the Luftwaffe and bombed, almost flattened in World War ll. My dad survived service in the navy and was decorated at Buckingham Palace. My grandfather returned from the trench warfare of World War l. Mum and Dad’s house was blown apart by a doodlebug. Mum took rooms and dodged the bombs. And then, victory! A new life in a strangely liberated world. A new kind of resourceful heroine, battling for equality and independence just as those women of the war years had. EAST END ANGEL is the story of Pearl Jenkins, who beat the Blitz but - and here I have to stop - as her 1940′s story of gutsy determination to keep her family safe – is not told in print until Thursday August 5th 2010.