All her short life, eleven-year-old Rose Webster has encountered closed doors. Growing up in the slums of London with her siblings, trying to avoid their violent, drunken father, Rose still has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and is sure she andher loved ones deserve a better life. Can she open the door and seize the chance to make something of herself? Told with humour, warmth and love, The Open Door is the first in a trilogy following the lives of Rose and her family.Beryl Matthews joined a writers' group when she retired five years ago and starting working on her own novel. The result was The Open Door, the inspiration for which came from her own mother's early life. Beryl is currently working on the second part of the trilogy of Rose Webster's life. She lives in Hampshire with her husband.