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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780881924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780881928
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alrene Hughes was born in Enniskillen, grew up in Belfast and now lives in Manchester. She is a member of the Manchester Irish Writers and her short stories and poetry have been published in anthologies and broadcast on radio. She was an English teacher for twenty years and now writes full time.

Her first novel 'Martha's Girls' was inspired by a family scrapbook of concert programmes and newspaper cuttings about The Golden Sisters - her mother and aunts.The second book in the WW2 trilogy will be published in March 2015, just in time for Mother's Day.

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A deeply moving book which succeeds in balancing the complex emotions of the characters with the social and political life of the time. --Rose Morris, Cultural Director, Irish World Heritage Centre

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ALRENE HUGHES was born in Enniskillen, grew up in Belfast and now lives in Manchester. She is a member of the Manchester Irish Writers and her short stories and poetry have been published in anthologies and broadcast on radio. Martha's Girls is her first book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JS on 4 July 2012
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I have thoroughly enjoyed Martha's Girls and would highly recommend it. The story is a mixture of romance, drama, happiness and sadness and the characters come to life as you read, you really feel as though you know these women personally. My teenage daughter has read this book and while she has not read a book of this style before, enjoyed it immensely. My mother-in-law is now reading it and loves it. Am waiting eagerly for the sequel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BSOldtimer on 17 July 2012
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After reading this memorable novel, I could not help but share it with other members of my family who have all found it appealing . Although it is generally uplifting, there are times of trouble and worry, with mixed emotions, just like any family in real life. I thoroughly enjoyed finding out about each of the characters and would love to read any sequels.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bridie breen on 14 Dec. 2013
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A fabulous read. Not my usual sort of book but I bought one for my sister and she enthused so much about it, I read it myself. Can't wait for the sequel to find out how the characters fared. I would recommend. It's warm, funny, sad, poignant and above all so tenderly human.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Feb. 2014
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An absolutely brilliant read - so much so I was unable to put it down!
I would certainly recommend the book - my 3 daughters have read it and were equally as complimentary as me!
Martha's Girls is a perfect combination of drama, accurate historical events and romance, tinged with both sadness and happiness.
I can't wait to read the sequel in this unfolding family saga!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AngelaQ on 26 Jan. 2014
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An absolutely brilliant novel, easy to read and once started I could'nt put it down or stop thinking about it. The story was about a Mother and her daughters, and everyday life in the build up to war torn Belfast. A lot of drama around the budding romances of the girls along with the Belfast humour of real life situations, living in Belfast myself I could easily identify where the family lived and therefore felt involved with there journey through life, there is definately an opening for a sequel and I would be first in the queue to buy it
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I‘ve just finished reading ‘Martha’s Girls’ and I was not disappointed. The gentle, fluid writing carries you along like one of the wartime songs featured in the story, emitting feelings of nostalgia, courage and hope for a peaceful and happier tomorrow. The historical background is well researched and brings the reader into the heart of the story with characters who are believable and who act and react in tune with the times. There are many amusing elements on stage and off and I will never think of the Christmas turkey in quite the same way again. With four young women in the mix, you are seldom far from romance and the sisters’ dreams and aspirations hold the reader in high expectation. Despite their individual circumstances, all the girls are upheld with the love and constancy of their strong and devoted mother. This is an uplifting tale with great characterisation and insight. I look forward very much to the next book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BARRY GOODRIGHT on 16 July 2014
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I loved the book the style of writing suited my taste and I think the author has captured the spirit of the period.
Her description of the interaction of the girls and their different characters was excellent.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction. Although this one is a lot more than that.
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I wholeheartedly agree with fischer.usa's review...I have absolutely no doubt she was reading a different book! There is no other excuse for such a negative review of this lovely, atmospheric and honest novel!

This is a fantastic read...and from someone that doesn't usually touch the 'Family Saga' genre with the proverbial bargepole this is quite a statement.

I loved this novel! Well-written and honest, it is an amazing portrayal of an amazing family; their lives, loves and heartaches at an unbelievably emotional and unsettling time - the Second World War. Each character is so well written you feel as if you know them personally. The shifting narrative viewpoint lets the reader inside the minds of all the girls and contributes to the overall atmosphere and experience of the novel. The portrayal of Belfast during wartime is brilliantly intoxicating and really makes the reader as if they are there; experiencing every twist and turn by the side of Martha and her daughters.

I desperately hope the sequel is on it's way pretty soon...either that, or some tv producer reads it and realises that it would be fabulous on screen. One can dream.

Absolutely, wholeheartedly recommend this novel. No doubt!
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