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The Chestnut Tree: The Bexham Trilogy Book 1 Paperback – 5 Aug 2002


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1st Paperback Printing edition (5 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553812777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553812770
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 758,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A holiday read that will keep you glued to your sun lounger' -- Safeway Magazine

'As compelling as ever' -- Woman& Home - The best summer reads

'As usual Charlotte Bingham provides an immensely readable story and
controls her large cast of characters with great skill...Compulsive' -- Historical Novels Review

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Her latest bestseller about the impact of WWII on four very different women in a small Sussex fishing village

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Newell on 21 Aug. 2002
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"The Chestnut Tree" by Charlotte Bingham tell the story of four young women in war-time Britian and how they lives are changed by the war. Not have read by Ms. Bingham before I was not sure what to expect, but I can say that I was not disappoined. Ms. Bingham creates rich characters that makes the reader want to read more. Overall, "The Chestnut Tree" is a great book for anyone who enjoys book set this era or any fan of Charlotte Bingham.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LindyLouMac on 29 Jun. 2008
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Charlotte Bingham is a very prolific writer of both novels and television dramas. I first read one of her books ten years ago and this is only the fifth title of hers since then. I do not think therefore that I would consider her one of my favourite authors, though I have always found they provide readable enjoyable escapism.

The Chestnut Tree follows the lives of the residents of Bexham, a Sussex fishing port during World War II. The main protagonists are four young girls all from the village but from differing social backgrounds. Judy Melton an admirals daughter, Meggie Gore-Stewart socialite, Mathilda Eastcott only child of staid parents and Rusty Todd, tomboy daughter of the owner of the local boatyard.
As the war years progress we see the girls not just participating in the war effort but falling in love.

Life will never be the same again for any of them after the war, as the lives of women of all ages changed during that period for ever.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2013
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The chestnut tree of the title plays very little part in the story!
Four women in an east coast country town are changed by wartime. Their lives make up the first 120 or so pages before the war gets under way; some lead quite boring and wealthy lives, others hedge rather than marry or act the tomboy around boats.
Determined to play an active role, older women set up village circles to make camouflage netting, a slow filthy task. A young woman stows away on a small boat heading to Dunkirk, rescues soldiers and sees tragedy.
Another woman works in a factory making barrage balloons and her nights are punctuated by air raids while her friends are killed by almost random bombs. A well-off young women who speaks French and German is recruited as a spy and sent to France.

I have read other Bingham books and other wartime stories, and this is not the best of either in my opinion. The effort is good and it does show how women's roles changed but some of the characters failed to hold my affection while there were so many names it could be hard to keep track. The lesson that the previous war to end all wars had been only 22 years previously was certainly well drummed in by the women who had been involved in their day. I felt that the men did not come over well - old and doddery, married Yank philanderer, and so on. Read this but go on to other tales such as 'Lights Out in Liverpool' or 'Blue Birds' for community or war work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 6 Sept. 2005
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A story following the lives of four young girls from different walks of life and their village though the second world war.
I thought this was a fabulous book, i have read books by Ms Bingham before but this was my favorite so far, i have then gone on to read the other two books in the trilogy. These follow the same people and Bexham though the following years
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By Mrs Lily Stewart on 3 Oct. 2013
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Charlotte Bingham is a great writer. She makes her characters so interesting. I have read all the Bexham Trilogy books and enjoyed them all. I found it difficult to put them down.
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By DIANNE on 7 Feb. 2014
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I have not read this book yet but I know I will enjoy it when I do. I sent off for about 6 books because I am moving house and do not know when my computer will be up and running again. I enjoy this author's books very much and see no reason why this book will not come up to scratch.
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