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Tales of a Tiller Girl [Kindle Edition]

Irene Holland
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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A heart-warming nostalgia memoir from a member of the world famous dance troupe, The Tiller Girls. Based in London in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Irene’s story will transport readers back to a more innocent, simple way of life.

This is the story of a little girl who loved to dance. Growing up in London in the 1930s, dancing was so much more to Irene than just a hobby. It was her escape and it took her off into another world away from the harsh realities of life. A fairytale world away from the horrors of WW2, from the grief of losing her father and missing her mother who she didn’t see for three years while she was drafted to help with the war effort. And far away from her cold-hearted grandparents who treated her like an inconvenience.

Finally it led to her winning a place as a Tiller Girl; the world’s most famous dance troupe known for their 32-and-a-half high kicks a minute and precise, symmetrical routines. For four years she opened and closed the show at the prestigious London Palladium and performed on stage alongside huge stars such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland.

It was a strange mixture of glamour and bloody hard work but it was certainly never dull. And being a Tiller Girl also gave Irene the opportunity to see firsthand the devastating effects of WW2, both here and abroad.

Heart-warming, enlightening and wonderfully uplifting, Irene’s evocative story will transport readers back to a time when every town and holiday resort had several theatres and when dance troupes like The Tiller Girls were the epitome of glitz and glamour.

About the Author

Irene Holland is 84 and lives in Tiverton, Devon, with her husband, Kaye. They have seven children who have all danced professionally and 13 grandchildren. Since the 1950s Irene has run her own dance school and still teaches five days a week at The Willow Tree Centre of Dance and Performing Arts, where she has over 200 pupils. She says she has no intention of retiring and is still known to do the odd high kick, especially after a tipple of her favourite red wine!

Heather Bishop is Irene’s co-writer. Heather is a journalist with 16 years experience of writing, editing and commissioning true-life stories for newspapers and women’s magazines.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2526 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007582145
  • Publisher: Harper Element (31 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IC2WXVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to me by a friend 20 Aug. 2014
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Recommended to me by a friend. Not the kind of book I normally read, but I loved it. It took me into a world I know nothing about and reminded me of Sunday Night at the London Palladium, which was such a feature of the week when I was growing up. Lot's of name-dropping, lots of people who later became famous. Altogether a light and interesting read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Tales of a Tiller Girl 29 Aug. 2014
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A truly fantastic read. Recommend this book to everyone, it's brilliant account of a young girl who struggles through a lonely childhood to achieve her dream of becoming a professional dancer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High kicking fun- highly recommend 6 Sept. 2014
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Fascinating book, detailing life in london in wartime Britain as well as life in the most famous dance troupe ever. I couldn't put it down. It made me feel sad for the young Irene who was left to fend for herself, inspired by the experiences she had and thrilled to hear backstage stories. What an inspirational woman.
A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Aug. 2014
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What a wonderful lady.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My Mum is on the front cover, (Doris Mary Elizabeth Russell, now aged 86 years) the one nearest on the right. Absolutely thrilled and cant wait to read this book. Mum has already read it and said it was brilliant and brought back lots of memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Very interesting 10 Oct. 2014
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Great book. Very interesting, but then I'm biased because it's my Mum on the front of the line up on the front cover ! ( who by the way is still alive and kicking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 5 Sept. 2014
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I loved this book...such an easy, enjoyable read. Would love to see a film made about Irene's life. I have met her and she's such a lovely lady!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, a film would be great 27 Aug. 2014
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A great read, a film would be great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Most interesting life.
Published 14 days ago by Shirley Fort
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
bought as a gift and they said they really enjoyed it
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars and I really enjoyed it. To get the best stories
This was the First book I read, and I really enjoyed it. To get the best stories, this book and Part 2 would be sufficient. Part 3 is almost a repeat of the First Book, sadly.
Published 22 days ago by Mrs. Alison Holman
3.0 out of 5 stars Tales of a Tiller girl
Bought this book as a Christmas gift. I have not read the book and is not my usual choice of reading biut is the type of book enjoyed by the recipient.
Published 1 month ago by David Higgins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent read.
Published 2 months ago by Denise Hemingway
5.0 out of 5 stars I have only read about a third of the book ...
I have only read about a third of the book but already am enjoying it enormously. I pick up my kindle at every opportunity to see what's happening next in the writer's life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janette
4.0 out of 5 stars gift for my mother
i bought this book as a gift for my mother who used to be a Tiller Girl, so haven't actually read it myself but am sure that it will be a good book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mrs. v. a. quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed reading this
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this, especially as I was 7 years old when war broke out and can identify with much of Irene's thoughts and experiences. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AUDREY
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. G.A.Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book. Very interesting and easy reading.
Published 2 months ago by libba
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