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A maiden's war effort, her determination to contribute and grow
on 24 August 2009
A very enjoyable read. Emma Smith brings her experiences on the canals to life - written from the perspective of a volunteer doing her best for England during the War. I knew of the land girls but had never known that the canals were supported during the war by similar patriots.
I read the book during a canal boat holiday covering some of the same waterways described in the book; the contrast in approaches (now 'safety first' and 'relaxed enjoyment', then 'get the goods delivered quickly') was clear.
I recommend reading this book - though the reader must not enter the book expecting the 'maiden' to have any form of sexual experience; perhaps a difference in expectation in literary content between today and 60 years ago!