73 Dove Street

73 Dove Street

An emotionally gripping new novel set in 1950s London


The page-turning and evocative novel set in 1950s London from the author of That Green Eyed Girl

'Gripping . . . Julie Owen Moylan vividly recreates drab, grey postwar London and her characters are convincing to the end' THE TIMES, 'BEST NEW HISTORICAL FICTION'

'Psychologically astute and emotionally absorbing, this is a heartfelt read' DAILY MAIL

'A wonderfully evocative, immersive novel that brings 50s London to life, from the smog and the nightlife to attitudes towards women . . . a vivid, absorbing and ultimately uplifting read' SUNDAY EXPRESS

'An incredibly vivid rendering of post-war London and the complicated lives of three woman whose fates intersect at a boarding house . . . emotional, immersive and utterly absorbing' JENNIFER SAINT

'The sense of time and place is beautifully evocative. It's about pride and shame and love and loss and ultimately hope' LAURA SHEPHERD-ROBINSON


When Edie Budd arrives at a shabby West London boarding house in October 1958, carrying nothing except a broken suitcase and an envelope full of cash, it's clear she's hiding a terrible secret.

And she's not the only one; the other women of 73 Dove Street have secrets of their own . . .

Tommie, who lives on the second floor, waits on the eccentric Mrs Vee by day. After dark, she harbours an addiction to seedy Soho nightlife - and a man she can't quit.

Phyllis, 73 Dove Street's formidable landlady, has set fire to her husband's belongings after discovering a heart-breaking betrayal - yet her fierce bravado hides a past she doesn't want to talk about.

At first, the three women keep to themselves.

But as Edie's past catches up with her, Tommie becomes caught in her web of lies - forcing her to make a decision that will change everything . . .


'Once again, Julie Owen Moylan has created a world that feels completely real and vivid' JODIE CHAPMAN

'From the Rivoli Ballroom to the seedy nightlife of Soho, the characters leap off the page in this compelling mystery' WOMAN & HOME

'A beautiful story of friendship and new beginnings' BEST

'Gripping and atmospheric' RED

'I loved it even more than Julie's debut That Green Eyed Girl. Soho in the 50s is brilliantly done, as are the female characters. Brava Julie!' GEORGINA MOORE


  • Touching, entertaining, hopeful. A vivid sense of time, place, people's attitudes and fragilities
    Sunday Times

About the author

Julie Owen Moylan

Julie Owen Moylan is the author of three novels: That Green Eyed Girl, 73 Dove Street and Circus of Mirrors. Her debut novel That Green Eyed Girl was a Waterstones’ Welsh Book of the Month and the official runner up for the prestigious Paul Torday Memorial Prize. It was also shortlisted for Best Debut at the Fingerprint Awards and featured at the Hay Festival as one of its ‘Ten at Ten’. 73 Dove Street was a Waterstones’ Books of 2023 and a Daily Mail Historical Fiction Book of the Year. As a filmmaker Julie won the Celtic Media Award for her graduation film “BabyCakes” before going on to win Best Short Film at the Swansea Film Festival. Her writing and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including Sunday Express, The Independent, New Welsh Review and Good Housekeeping. She has a Masters in Filmmaking and an additional qualification in Creative Writing & English Literature. Julie is an alumna of the Faber Academy. Circus of Mirrors will be published in Sept 2024.

Julie can be found on Twitter: @JulieOwenMoylan
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