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

The Sugar Girls - Lilian'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 (78 customer reviews)

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This is Lilian’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.

‘When Lilian Tull came to Tate & Lyle shortly after the end of the war, she was older than most new arrivals. A lanky, fairhaired woman of 23, she worked in the can-making department, where the Golden Syrup tins were assembled. Lilian had arrived on the job with a heavy heart, and her colleagues noticed a sad, far-away look in 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.

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


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1367 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; ePub ed edition (29 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B5ILCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 17 April 2012
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Loved this book and can't wait to read the rest in the series. I like the blend of documentary/fiction that describes so well a lost era.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I lovely short read. 15 Feb 2013
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A very detailed read.
The book is beautifully written and very detailed .
It was a deep insight has to how things were and how folk lived .
I was also very intrigued as her family had the same medical condition as mine have, and oddly I was reading such in a hospital waiting room when they were having a regular tests. we were not aware that that the condition was known then nor was testing for it so it was a revelation .
I later read the story of all four sugar girls where Lilian's story is incorperated . I would say that the the book of all four stories is the better buy .
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Suigar Girls Lillians Story 2 April 2012
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Fantastic a must for any real East Ender . It was going back home as a teenager. Thank you .Cant wait to read the rest. I worked in Savage Gardens opposite Tate and Lyle as a Dental Nurse it brought back so many memories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The sugar girls 11 Feb 2013
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Given as a present to my mother she really enjoyed the book couldn't put it down . Would really recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 31 Jan 2013
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Had never read anything like this before, enjoyed it very much. I will read the other books in the series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 Jan 2013
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I live in the East End so I really understood this book, I loved it. A must read for any Londoner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sugar girls 21 Jan 2013
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Not as good as I expected. Was more of a diary but did not run in any particular order. The story kept jumping about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 30 Jun 2012
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden book
I gave this book 5⭐️ as I really enjoyed reading about the women in the factory of Tate n Lyle golden syrup and all the twist and turns it was such an easy read I couldn't put the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars lilian
it really is a true to life tale of a hard life with some heart warming parts also a little tearful
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Joan Day
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written
This is the second book I have read in the sugar girls series. I can't wait to read the others.
Published 3 months ago by Rose Kilpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
I loved this story which is one of many in the sugar girls stories,It was so true to how it was back then,as my mum was a sugar girl,also called lilian.Fantastic.
Published 4 months ago by lisa lorenzini
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love this type of book because its real to life, very thought provoking how different life is for women today.
Published 5 months ago by margaret truman
4.0 out of 5 stars sweetness and light
how working in the sugar factory must have been fun ,and such hard work. where friendships were formed that lasted a life time. can this be said today .
Published 5 months ago by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars sugar sweetness.
Teaches you a lot about hardship in the war years. A truly lovely story of people and how their lives turned out.
Published 6 months ago by ariom
5.0 out of 5 stars All Sugar Girls books
I have read all Sugar Girls books and found them extremely interesting, to the hardship they had to contend with and devotion to their families, lives were still very tough. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Recycled teenager
2.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Girls - Lilians Story
Easy reading - read it in a day!! I thought it might have had more detail to it though. If you know of anyone that worked at Tate & Lyle then it worth giving it a go!!
Published 7 months ago by Linda Stafford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Takes us back into history-all these books make a very good read.
I would reccomend all the books for anyone.
Published 7 months ago by A True Yorkshire Lass
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