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

Duncan Barrett , Nuala Calvi
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is Gladys’s story, one of four stories from The Sugar Girls. During the Blitz and the years of rationing, 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.

‘Gladys changed into her new uniform. The dungarees hung loosely on her boyish frame, the crotch resting somewhere down by her knees and the backside looking like a crumpled sack waiting to be filled with potatoes. The short-sleeved blouse seemed to have been designed with a buxom matron in mind, and one with arms as thick as her legs, not a skinny, flat-chested 14-year-old. What kind of monstrous creatures worked in this Blue Room?’

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.

Includes Gladys’s own personal photographs of life as a sugar girl.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7373 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; ePub ed edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B5IL9O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the sugar girls 29 April 2012
By teddy
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it was a good story I read three of the sugar girls story's they where basicly the same so i would not buy again
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Girls Glady's Story 6 April 2012
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Oh What a true east end girl. Always up for a lark. I really enjoy this one Just as good a Lillian's story. Hope the rest are as good.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning!! 4 May 2012
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word of warning!, all the stories in the 4 'named' sugar girl books are stories 'lifted ' from the origional life & loves of the sugar girls book, so if you have read or ordered the first book in the series dont waste your money getting any of the others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting content, not much literary style 19 Jun. 2013
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I bought this, even though it is quite different from the style of books I usually choose.

I found it very interesting to learn about the micro-society of the Tate & Lyle factory, and the opportunities it offered to the girls working there, in hard times.

The Blitz experience was very personally related, which was much easier to understand in human terms than an account in a history book.

However the author's literary style leaves a lot to be desired, and it was more like reading a string of facts, or a diary than actually getting engrossed in a novel.

I read through to the end, but did not feel an amazing feeling on completion as you often do with a good novel.

It might make a good screen play, with the right treatment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sugar girls - all three books 13 May 2012
By Anno
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Very good, one can imagine being part of life in Tate and Lyle back then. Well researched, well written, I wish there were more books about this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 20 Dec. 2012
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I really loved theese books,the storys were moving and the characters really pulled me in to their world and they were true! I was facinated to learn what it was like in those days and how different it was compared to now. I would have liked to work at one of the factorys, it sounded like a lot of fun, although the books did highlight how hard those days were also. I think theese books are for people who have an interest in the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sugar Girls 24 Mar. 2013
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I love this story about Tate and Lyle sugar factory and about the characters who make up the various sections of the factory.. This book not only tells about the girls work life but also about their background and their personalities. This book is one which you do not want to finish! I liked reading about Gladys growing up and about her tomboyish ways.The antics would no doubt not be tolerated in this day of health and safety
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as can be expected of this author. 17 Mar. 2013
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Yet another fantastic book. I could just sit and read these one after another. They are 'real life' and it reminds me of wonderful stories told to me by my nan and mom. If only we could turn back time! Friends you made then, remained with you for a lifetime, sadly unlike today. These books really lift your spirits. Keep them coming I say. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO EVERYONE. AAAA******* 10/10 Happy Reading from purplemom.
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