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The Sugar Girls - Ethel's Story: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle's East End
 
 

The Sugar Girls - Ethel's Story: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle's East End [Kindle Edition]

Duncan Barrett , Nuala Calvi
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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During the Blitz, the Sugar Girls kept Britain sweet. The work was back-breakingly hard, but the Tate & Lyle factory was more than just a workplace - it was a community, a calling, a place of love and support and an uproarious, tribal part of East London. This is Ethel’s story, one of four stories from The Sugar Girls.

‘On an autumn day in 1944, Ethel Alleyne walked the short distance from her house to Tate & Lyle’s refinery on the shining curve of the Thames. Looking up at the giant gates, Ethel felt like she had been preparing for this moment all her life. She smoothed down her frizzy hair, scraped a bit of dirt off the corner of her shoe and strode through.

She was quite unprepared for the sight that met her eyes …’

In the years leading up to and after the Second World War thousands of women left school at fourteen to work in the bustling factories of London’s East End. Despite long hours, hard and often hazardous work, factory life afforded exciting opportunities for independence, friendship and romance. Of all the factories that lined the docks, it was at Tate and Lyle’s where you could earn the most generous wages and enjoy the best social life, and it was here where The Sugar Girls worked.

This is an evocative, moving story of hunger, hardship and happiness, providing a moving insight into a lost way of life, as well as a timeless testament to the experience of being young and female.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; ePub ed edition (29 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B5IL5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into East London life 22 April 2012
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With this book I felt I was really with Ethel in her ups and downs of life in the sugar factory. Life was hard, but the sense of achievement and stickability shines through. The life in a factory in, relatively, recent times was so class structured it saddened me. But great to read that Ethel is still alive! She's a true East End character. Thanks for a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sugar Girls - Ethel's Story 29 April 2012
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Found this a really interesting book to read. Not only is it about fairly modern history, but it brings to life the part of London it was presenting. As a born Londoner - although not still there - it was lovely to read. The lifestyle was entertaining and informative and reminded me of my younger years
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This was such a interesting read that I had job to put it down.I would like get some more, but if they are all good as that I will never do any think but read as it was such a gripping story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars memories 3 April 2012
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I was born in the East End of London, where the story is set, in 1948 and this book has given me a picture of how life was back then.

From the very first pages I felt that I knew Ethel and the other girls in the book. Their stories are realistically told and I want to read about the rest of the 'Sugar Girls' now to find out how their lives differed and to be a part of that era again.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars wonderful ingredients, badly served 30 Mar 2012
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What a fascinating and interesting subject to write about but written so blandly. It was rather like someone had all the perfect ingredients then under-prepared and over or under cooked. The flavour just about came thru, but was so disappointing.
I think a writer needs to re-do these books because the subject matter is so absorbing but the way you tell a story is so important too. Worth a read for the facts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History 9 April 2014
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Liked reading these books have read the set of 4 all ar a good read nice little bit of history would read more like these
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5.0 out of 5 stars Factories as they used to be in 1900's. 24 Mar 2014
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This is the type of novels I enjoy whole heartedly, it shows what working in a factory was really like, noisy and dirty, people also were very nosey and would like to know your private life in fact you didn't have much of one, the author has done some good research to get the facts right. Superb reading full of content and colour off the austerity these people worked and lived in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sugar Girls 4 Mar 2014
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I haven't read this book yet because I have a large selection of books I need to read first. I know from reading the foreward that I will enjoy reading it though
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Was disappointed with this book there doesn't seem to be a story as such just working practices of the sugar factory really
Published 1 month ago by Mo
3.0 out of 5 stars Gwen Barnes
Not what I expected but enjoyable all the same. Found it easier to read the separate book rather than the compilation as the chapters jumped about from one girl to another. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gwen Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
I found this item very useful, it was exactly as described.
I am very pleased with it and would consider purchasing from this supplier
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Published 3 months ago by Sylvana
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Really great book felt like you actually there with them could not put it down, if you like nostalgia this is for you
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the sugar girls
lovely lovely read its down to earth reading gives an inside to factory tales of long ago ive learnt something on the goings on in liverpool history
Published 4 months ago by Pauline McColl
3.0 out of 5 stars The factory
I thought it would be the lives of those who worked there it was more about the factory and all for making the girls work hard.
Published 4 months ago by suzy wong
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is great
Great read well written I loved it. The character is really alive and I just could not put it down.
Published 5 months ago by John
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I love these insights into social history, and prefer factual books to fiction. Ethel's story was enjoyable, descriptive, and nostalgic for many that lived in that particular era... Read more
Published 5 months ago by snoozy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Girls
A short book but very informative and interesting. An insight into the life of a Factory Girl. I really enjoyed it and went on to read another two.
Published 5 months ago by LeenyMay
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
All these books make a good read and they paint such a vivid picture of times gone by.
Would reccomend to anyone.
Published 7 months ago by A True Yorkshire Lass
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