On the coldest night of 1975, a young man with shock-red hair tears though the snowbound streets of Warrington's toughest housing estate.
He is Robbie Fitzgerald, and he is running for his life - and that of his young family.
In his heart, Robbie knows the odds are stacked against them.
In this unbending Northern town, he has married the beautiful brown nurse who once stitched up his wounds.
Susheela is his Tamil Princess, but in the real world, the Fitzgeralds have to face up to prejudice, poverty and sheer naked hatred from their neighbours.
Now Robbie has seen a way out, and he's sprinting to his date with destiny...
Over thirteen years of struggle, aspiration, achievement, misunderstandings, near-misses and shattered dreams, Helen Walsh plunges us into the lives and loves of the young, doomed Fitzgerald family.
She shows herself to be a brilliant chronicler of our people and our times. And in the Fitzgeralds, she has created a family who will stay in your heart, long after the final page.
Once Upon A Time In England offers an unforgettable portrait of the world in which we live, and confirms Helen Walsh as a writer of searing power.