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Margaret Dickinson
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14 Feb 2013

Rose and Myrtle Sylvester look up to their older sister, Peggy. She is the sensible, reliable one in the household of women headed by their grandmother, Grace Booth, and their mother, Mary Sylvester. When war is declared in 1939 they must face the hardships together and huge changes in their lives are inevitable. For Rose, there is the chance to fulfil her dream of becoming a clippie on Sheffield’s trams like Peggy. But for Myrtle, the studious, clever one in the family, war may shatter her ambitions.

When the tram on which Peggy is a conductress is caught in a bomb blast, she bravely helps to rescue her passengers. One of them is a young soldier, Terry Price, and he and Peggy begin courting. They meet every time he can get leave, but eventually Terry is posted abroad and she hears nothing from him. Worse still, Peggy must break the devastating news to her family that she is pregnant.

The shock waves that ripple through the family will affect each and every one of them and life will never be the same again.


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 6 edition (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330544314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330544313
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Margaret Dickinson moved to the coast at the age of seven and so began her love for the sea and the Lincolnshire landscape. Her ambition to be a writer began early and she had her first novel published at the age of twenty-five. This was followed by twenty-five further titles including Plough the Furrow, Sow the Seed and Reap the Harvest, which make up her Lincolnshire Fleethaven trilogy. Many of her novels are set in the heart of her home county but in Tangled Threads and Twisted Strands, the stories include not only Lincolnshire but also the framework knitting and lace industries of Nottingham. Her most recent novel, Jenny's War, was a top twenty best seller.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family drama 16 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover
This was a family saga about 3 sisters, their mother and grandmother, in the time of WWII.

The war starts and sisters Peggy and Rose becomes clippies (conductresses). Peggy is the oldest, pretty levelheaded and careful. I liked her and understood why she was not over the heals in love with the man she was going out with. While Rose is the hellion (well almost) and who is in love with her sister's boyfriend. As you can see tension from the start.

Then we have a grandmother who says what she wants and has very firm opinions about things. A mother who stands in her own mother's shadow and the youngest sister who loves to study.

But it's mostly about Peggy and Rose. Their lives during the war as it changes everything. It's a book about friendship, love, family and heartache.

When the book reached a certain point I did not want to put it down. I needed to know what would happen to certain characters and I feared my heart would break.

A good family saga
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of Sheffield 2 Mar 2013
By JohnE
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Being born just after the war I was told by my parents about the Sheffield people at war and now have found it very interesting to read about. Well done Margaret.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite author 2 Mar 2013
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As always Margaret has delivered a fascinating story,with all her books she keeps you entertained right until the last page.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Clippie Girls 24 Feb 2013
By Mari
Format:Kindle Edition
Very enjoyable book first rate as all of Margaret's books are ,I look forward to her next one and hope its not long in coming.

Marian Wattam
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Loved it 14 Feb 2013
By keeper
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Another excellent read from Margaret Dickinson ,
looked forward to this pre-ordered on kindle,
read it in one sitting as always loved the charaters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Aug 2013
By carolyn
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Another war time novel but different about a family of women. Just love the era of war time in Britian and the memories it brings to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a story! 14 Mar 2013
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Got a kindle for my birthday and saw this book in Tesco (paperback), downloaded same to kindle and couldn't put it down. Lovely down to earth story of what times were like during the war. Loved it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By shoemaker VINE VOICE
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giving us all a feel of world war 2 and just how hard the women had to work to support the men folk away fighting the clippie girls is yet another page turner by margaret dickinson made me feel i was there so much so a car door in the street banged and for 1 sec thought it was a bomb i jumped out of my skin,just goes to show how gripping the book is.brill more please margaret
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Once you get into the story you imagine what it must have been like during the war. It brings things I to reality, a good read.
Published 16 days ago by Irene Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars The clippings girls
I really enjoyed it it's worth reading so go out and buy it you want regret it so buy it
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. M. Strange
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
VERY GOOD
Published 27 days ago by mrs k loveday
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Reading
as always Margaret Dickinson comes up with the goods excellent easy reading. particularly enjoyed it based around Sheffield as my Mother grew up there and many places mentioned in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S J Griffin
2.0 out of 5 stars Ending inevitable
A pleasant read some twists and turns the ending I inevitable. Look forward to reading more of her books soon
Published 1 month ago by Ms J M Proffitt
1.0 out of 5 stars Not 'Large Print' as listed
I search for books with 'large print size' for my mother who is struggling with her sight, very disappointed to see that the book is in fact normal size print when delivered.
Published 2 months ago by Paul Manyweathers
5.0 out of 5 stars Another unputdownable from Margaret Dickinson
As ever with Margaret Dickinson books it was virtually impossible to put down as you are drawn into the family web and interactions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jill Coulthard
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable book.
Enjoyed this book and the characters, also gave an insight to what it was like living during the Second World War!
Published 2 months ago by Rosie, Leeds
5.0 out of 5 stars The clippie girls.
Good condition, and as I lived through a blitz here at home I could associate myself with the bombing, rationing etc. Enjoyed.
Published 3 months ago by Joyce
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value paperback
I was looking for a book with large print for my 95 year old grandmother.

However I decided not to give this to her as I did not think the print would be large enough... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S&F
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