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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (7 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330458205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330458207
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first 'Birmingham' novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including The Bells of Bournville Green, sequel to the bestselling Chocolate Girls, and A Hopscotch Summer. Annie has four children and lives near Reading.

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'Soldier Girl by Annie Murray, a wartime story of girl a girl who joins the ATS to escape her impoverished past and dark family secrets.'
--Yours Magazine

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Another heartwarming and compelling saga from the author of Chocolate Girls and The Bells of Bournville Green

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on 4 July 2010
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I bought this book for my mother - Amazon's great service outshone all the bookshops I tried. She loved it and found it difficult to put down - a sign of a great read. She now wants to try Annie Murray's other books. A great purchase.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Cater on 1 Jun. 2010
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Book review.Soldier Girl by annie murray.Molly Fox grew up in Birmingham.Her life was far from rosie.She lived with her mum who was cruel and drunk ,never a thought for her daughter.After one night on the tiles and getting drunk,Molly decided to join up to help the war effort. Also to get away from her ghastly family and hopefully make herself a better person .At first she plays the fool in training but soon realises this does not get you anywhere but in trouble so Molly knuckles down and behaves and things start looking up for the better but there is always some thing bad around the corner to spoil things. A great read I certainly enjoyed it very much and Im sure you will too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Hazel P. Manley on 8 Jun. 2010
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A Birmingham beginning but this time Annie Murray takes us in to the army. Our 'Soldier Girl' is initially a tease and a rebellious soldier, but finds that the army is more reliable than most of the men she meets. Characters we can believe in and situations we can either remember or visualise, this is a really enjoyable read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Newell on 4 Oct. 2010
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Molly Fox's life has been less than perfect. Realizing that her life is going no where, Molly decides that joing the ATS. The first few months in the service are less than great. But thanks to her superior officer Molly finally finds something that she is good at and thanks the war Molly Fox's starts to changes for the better.
"Soldier Girl" is the lastest book by Annie Murray and it was pretty good. Ms. Murray is able to take the reader back to wartme Birmingham. The characters were great and the storyline was good. I can wait to read more by Ms. Murray.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gill on 2 Sept. 2010
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Soldier Girl is a much desired follow up to Hopscotch Summer. It gives more background and fills in the gaps in Molly Fox's story. The character of Molly is very complex due to terrible abuse she suffered as a child and Annie Murray does a very good job of portraying the feelings of self contempt she has. She always feels inferior so over compensates by being loud and crude, therefore making her look what she is not.

On another note I do not think there is anybody better than Annie Murray at describing bomb raids on Birmngham in the second world war. Both in this book and Birmingham Blitz she gets exactly the atmosphere of terror, horror at what is happening and most of all the dreadful day by day existence. Awake all night with raids and doing ARW duties etc. then having to go to work and try to carry on as normal, all to the background of terrible privation of normal comforting things such as tea, sugar, fruit and of course cigarettes! The horror of people being blown up in their beds and the sheer courage and tenacity of the people who had to dig them out and endure unthinkable sights. I heard all this first hand from my late parents and reading Annie's books is like listening to them. Great social history as well as a good interesting read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cath on 27 April 2013
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The main character Molly made the reader feel for her in all she got involved in The story showed how she came from a family that did not give Molly a chance to blossom. This only happened when she enrolled in the army and as a reader I felt for her in all that happened to her. Thanks Annie I am an ardent follower of you and you never let me down when I pick up one of your books
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Britain is turning out novelists who are making it hard for me to get a decent nights sleep! Again, I found this one a book I couldn't put down I so wanted to find out what happens to the main character. Perhaps Annie Murray has a relative who served in the women's army but it was so well researched that I found myself wondering if I would be enlisted.

There were good twists and turns and the juxtaposition of the army and the home front was very well done and both Molly and Emma were characters that I came to care about. It was interesting to see wartime romance dealt with in a different slant from normal as in they fall in love and go off and marry. Here there was the loss and breakup as well as the women who couldn't find men attractive for their own reasons.

I recommend this book to anyone who would like to know about serving in the forces or anyone who likes a good wartime story. Luckily Annie Murray saw more mileage in Molly's character so now to get the next instalment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. A. Lewis on 8 Jun. 2010
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My wife cannot get enough of this writer. When her birthday looms each June and I see another of Annie Murray's books released it makes it easy to find a gift which pleases her. This year is no exception. She cannot put it down.
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