Daffodil Girls: Stories of love, loss and friendship from the women behind our heroes Hardcover – 17 Mar 2011
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"How touching to hear the inside stories of the ones they left behind - Kitty Dimbleby's poignant book captures the love and heartbreak of Army wives threaded through with courage and enormous humour - wonderful." (Joanna Lumley)
"Kitty Dimbleby's story of the women who love and live with the soldiers of The 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh opens our eyes to just what they think, feel and go through in their daily lives. The Daffodil Girls show as much patriotism, courage and public service as the soldiers themselves. Through Kitty's eyes we are reminded just how much we owe to our service families for their sacrifice and commitment to our country and the British people. These women are the heroines who cherish their heroes." (Sarah Brown, President, PiggyBankKids children's charity and wife of Gordon Brown MP, Former British Prime Minister)
"This is a timely and charmingly told account of the lives of the "force behind the forces" - the families of those brave soldiers who are risking lives and limbs on the front line. There are heroes at home and abroad as Kitty Dimbleby convincingly argues." (Chris Patten)
"This is a moving tribute to the wives and families who are left behind when Britain's soldiers go out to fight- the story of their courage in the face of separation, loneliness and fear for those they love. Kitty Dimbleby's message is that war breeds more than one kind of hero worthy of our admiration and support." (Max Hastings)
"I absolutely loved Kitty Dimbleby's inspirational book Daffodil Girls. Eminently readable, full of charm, humour, wisdom and compassion, it vividly and authentically depicts the day to day lives of a group of today's army wives, and how they cope with the often unimaginable strain of maintaining a stable lives for their families and themselves as their husbands deploy to the frontline. These "Daffodil Girls", and scores of other army wives like them, are indeed amongst the unsung heroines of our times; and we as a nation owe not just their husbands, but these women too, an enormous debt of gratitude for all they achieve. Thank you so much for this book Kitty - I can not recommend it more highly to Service and civilian readers alike - It's a real gem!" (Lady Pippa Dannatt, wife of General Richard Dannatt)
Ever wondered what it is like to support a loved one in the armed forces?
Army wife Kitty Dimbleby reveals stories of love, loss and enduring friendship from the women behind the front line.
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(Oh yes - Daffodil Girls is the affectionate nickname the author gives to the women behind the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh. Welsh daffodils, you see?)
The lives of the women skilfully unfold through the book, like the story lines of a TV series, and once you get to know who they all are (there's a helpful list at the start) you become totally involved in their world - smiling, sometimes laughing out loud, and - yes- getting very teary as well. There's love and laughs and loss in this book. And the birth of a baby too.
Last of all, Kitty Dimbleby tells her own story. She was obviously a reluctant army wife, but one who can therefore explain this world to outsiders - the rest of us. She might be from a well-known family but she can obviously muck in with the best of them, and earn the confidences of the toughest soldier's lady. She's written an unexpectedly gripping and rather uplifting book which tells us much about army life, about the way women interact with each other, and about the resilience of the human spirit. Excellent.
Having heard about the book through the fantastic charity Help for Heroes I was keen to read more - intrigued to find out more about the world which an army wife experiences. I will be highly recommending this book to my friends.
From reading this book i do feel abit more confident tackling such things as mess do's, charity functions etc where from an outsider who's never been to anything like that it can be quite daunting! And your husband/partner being sent on tour, i don't think theres enough literature in the world that would prepare you for that but this book has provided evidence that you can get through it and come out the other side and the woman next door is going through exactly the same as you, your not alone in it!
Fabulous read, aside from the actual book, it was delivered on time and packaged perfectly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amazing book which every army WAG can relate too. Something which I would definitely recommend to friends and family.Published 18 months ago by Miss Lucy Day
It would have been so much better if it had been proof-read/edited efficiently. The frequency of mistakes infringe on the content.Published on 13 Oct. 2013 by Momaje04
Excellent book. My husband is in Afghanistan at the minute and I live in tidworth (zouch) and really felt that I could relate. Thank you.Published on 12 July 2013 by freya fletcher
This is an interesting read and I'm only reducing it to four stars as there are some irritating typographical errors which draw your eye to them and it can be a tad repetetive. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2012 by Ada Pritchard
I have just finished this fantastic book , as a mother of a soldier , I have been on a real
rollercoaster of emotions. Read more
Brilliant book, Read it in two days!
Definite recommend! It was true to life of a forces wife. They go through it too!
Being the wife of a senior officer of the RAF I read this book with a lot of 'hhmm been there, got the tee shirt'. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2011 by JD
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