From the time when Rovers Return landlady Annie Walker first cast a disapproving glance at Ena Sharples gossiping with Minnie Caldwell to the traumas caused by the tangled love lives of the Websters and the McDonalds, the nation has been gripped by the lives of those who live in one street in the northern town of Weatherfield. Just like any other street in the country, the locals living there have changed dramatically over the years since the rest of Britain first paid the area a visit in 1960. There have been many marriages, births and deaths, with characters such as Elsie Tanner, Hilda Ogden, Alf Roberts and Mike Baldwin fading into the past as new faces move into the street. The one man who has remained ever since we first saw him there all those years ago is, of course, Ken Barlow. Despite the changing nature of its residents and the many disasters and tragedies that have befallen them, one thing in the street always remains the same. Defying all the dark intrigue and neighbourhood squabbles, the people who live there maintain a close-knit community, supporting each other through the tough times and celebrating the good times.
This is the complete story of Coronation Street, told in the form of a novel.