Books

morebooksJacky’s first non fiction memoir, Bombsites & Lollipops, detailing her childhood in London’s post War East End, won her many fans all over the world.

Frances, The Tragic Bride, the story of an innocent young woman who became enmeshed in the Kray Twins web of criminality and deceit in the Sixties, has also been widely acclaimed in revealing the tragedy of Frances’ short life — and how her memory continued to haunt the Krays and her own family down the years.

Jacky’s story of World War 2’s female Spitfire pilots, The Female Few, has been optioned by a leading US film and tv company.

Jacky’s most recent titles include a revised version of the best selling hardback Bomb Girls, republished with new material in 2020, and a collaborative paperback with NHS paramedic Lysa Walder, Fighting For Your life, also published in 2020. This has now been optioned by a leading UK tv production company.


Fighting For Your LifeFighting For Your Life

Softcover, published April 2020

A teenage boy lies on the pavement, bleeding from a stab wound; a distraught mum watches, in mute shock, as her daughter suffers a terrifying fatal asthma attack; a young girl is gang-raped and her stricken boyfriend takes an overdose; a disturbed young man flings himself in front of a speeding train at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

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Bomb GirlsBomb Girls

Softcover, published 2020

They were the unsung heroines of World War II; the wives and mothers and teenage girls who clocked in daily to work in vast munitions factories, helping to make explosives, bullets, shells, bombs and war machines that would ensure victory. It was dangerous, dirty and exhausting work. They worked round the clock, often exposed to toxic, lethal chemicals. A factory accident could mean blindness, loss of limb – or worse.

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The Day War EndedThe Day War Ended

Softcover, published 2020

A day of joyous celebration, as the end of a conflict which had engulfed the world came within touching distance. Millions of people celebrated in the streets throughout Britain.Yet not all was right in the world. Struggles remained ahead – war still raged on between the Allies and Japan. Agreements and treaties were yet to be forged. Lives continued to be lost around the world.

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The Day War Broke OutThe Day War Broke Out

Softcover, published 2019

Sunday, 3 September 1939: the dawn of a new conflict that would engulf the world, following the words of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain: ‘This country is at war with Germany’. By the time World War II ended in 1945, nearly half a million people from Britain and its empire had lost their lives, and the world had changed forever.

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Spitfire StoriesThe Spitfire Story

Softcover, published 2019

Published in association with Imperial War Museums, this is a fascinating anthology of first-hand stories from Spitfire heroes and heroines of World War II. The Spitfire is the world’s most iconic aeroplane. Coming into its own during the Battle of Britain, it became famous during the Second World War as the only plane that could match the enemy fighters in the sky.

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Spitfire StoriesSpitfire Stories

Hardcover, published October 2017

Published in association with Imperial War Museums, this is a fascinating anthology of first-hand stories from Spitfire heroes and heroines of the Second World War. Using documents, letters and photographs from the Imperial War Museums’ unparalleled archive, plus exclusive first-hand interviews, these stories of the Spitfire are a revelatory collection of small but significant histories, to be treasured by all who love and admire the iconic plane.

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Frances: The Tragic BrideHoop Skirts and Pony Tails

Softcover, published November 2016

Elvis is waiting outside in a big pink Caddy. Or rather, he would be if the dreams and fantasies of millions of teenage girls could only come true…And like so many other thirteen-year-olds, East End schoolgirl Jacky Hyams has fallen under the spell of the man with the swivel hips and sexy voice, an unforgettable moment in time amidst a tidal wave of social change in Britain: the era of the Fifties teenager..

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Frances: The Tragic BrideFrances: The Tragic Bride.

The True Story of Reggie Kray’s First Wife

Softcover, published September 2015

The paperback version of Jacky’s searing expose of the inner word of the Kray Twins, Frances Kray, the Tragic Bride, was published in the autumn of 2015, co-inciding with the release of the Kray Twins movie, Legend, starring Tom Hardy.

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Frances: The Tragic BrideFrances: The Tragic Bride.

The True Story of Reggie Kray’s First Wife

Hardcover, published September 2014

The first full account of the beautiful and innocent young woman who married Reggie Kray and became trapped in the violent and terrifying world of the Kray Twins.

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bombgirlsBomb Girls: Britain’s Secret Army: the Munitions Women of World War II

Hardcover, Published August 2013

Tells the remarkable story of the members of the ‘secret army’, the unsung women who made a significant contribution to Britain’s war effort through working in the munitions factories across the country during World War II. Written by the bestselling author of ‘Bombsites & Lollipops’.

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