All The Nice Girls

All The Nice Girls

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ALL THE NICE GIRLS captures the danger and excitement of wartime Britain with a sweeping story of heroic deeds and painful separations, illicit love and battles at sea, and above all, of the poignancy of longing and loss. 1942, and the war is not going well. As part of the war effort the Ashworth Grammar School for Girls signs up for the Merchant Navy's Ship Adoption Scheme. The headmistress, who lost her lover in the First World War, believes the project will broaden the horizons of her girls, especially Polly and Jen, bright sixth formers eager to live and love despite it all. Then Josh Percival, captain of the adopted ship, the SS Treverran, comes with his men to visit Ashworth. The choices that follow will disrupt all their lives, reverberating even to the next generation, when, decades later, life and love are on the line again . . .It had the rich identity of industrial well-being, and the busy crowds breathed it with confidence and pride. ... The Daily Mirror went on reporting inefficiencies, cock-ups, mistakes. ... card, a bit dogeared from being thrust in his pocket - with a trim little diagram, precisely drawn in black ink and tidily labelled street by street.

Title:All The Nice Girls
Author: Joan Bakewell
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2009-03-05

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