Bomb Girls: Britain's Secret Army: the Munitions Women of World War II Hardcover – 5 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Jacky Hyams is a freelance journalist, editor, columnist and author with over 25 years of experience in writing for mass market magazines and newspapers in the UK and Australia. A Londoner who has spent many years travelling. Jacky's feature writing career was launched in Sydney, Australia, where she wrote extensively for the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, Good Housekeeping, New Idea, Cleo and The Australian Women's Weekly. Returning to London, Jacky spent several years as a women's magazine editor on Bella Magazine, followed by six years as a weekly columnist for the London Evening Standard. Her memoir, Bombsites and Lollipops: My 1950s East End Childhood, was published in 2011 and her follow up book, White Boots & Miniskirts, was published in 2013, both by John Blake Publishing. Jacky is also the author of The Real Life Life Downton Abbey, a brief guide to the Edwardian ear, also published by John Blake Publishing in 2011. The Female Few, a look at the Spitfire heroines of the Air Transport Auxiliary, was published by The History Press in 2012.
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Top Customer Reviews
Gave me an insight into what the girls working in munitions went through and nice it was in their own words.
The book is very good as far as it goes. Unfortunately, for me it has two major downsides. Firstly, it is written by someone who is campaigning for recognition for the people who worked in the factories. Now I have no problem with that campaign; their contribution was not, and even now has not been, fully recognised. However, it does get a bit tiring when the campaign is mentioned for the umpteenth time.
Secondly, the individual stories become a little bit repetitive. I realise that the number of women involved who were still alive when the book was written was dwindling all the time, but they all seem to come from the same background, and their stories are all very similar. You can almost predict what is going to be said.
Having said all that, this is an important book, because it does give a voice to these women, and puts on record what they did and what they achieved.
I found it particulary interesting because my mother was in the orderance factory during the war.
It gives you an insight of what they put up with to enable this country to win the war.
I remember the sky very red over Manchester, and we lived seven miles away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very easy enjoyable read and was fascinated to have an insight into to these ladies lives. Not just about munitions workers but also an insight into social history and women's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Readitmakesyouhappy
Sounds wonderful but it is for my 82 year old mum. It is what she is into at the moment so I am trying to keep her happy for as long as she is with us if you know what I mean... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jackie penfold
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