Land Girls Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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Angela Huth's riveting novel...is evocative and entertaining. (Mail on Sunday)
A good story, told with wit and a keen observation of detail. (Times Literary Supplement)
Huth is good on the rhythms of long marriages, like that of the Lawrences, and on the texture of life in rural wartime England. (The Times)
Huth is a master of this sort of novel, steeped in period atmosphere and gentle irony. (Daily Telegraph)
Huth knows how to keep you turning the pages. (Guardian)
Huth's controlled, elegant style has been compared to Jane Austen, but her talent is entirely original. (Penny Perrick The Times)
Piquant, witty and entertaining (Tatler)
It has me in its grip and I couldn't rest until the final page...It is satisfying and rare to read a book whose characters are dealt the fates we feel they deserve...A beautifully spun tale that absorbs without the need to address 'issues'. (Literary Review)
The modern classic of life on the Home Front re-issued with a great new cover.See all Product Description
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The three land girls have such contrasting personalities that readers will find one who they can relate to and I think the author has deliberately done this to allow readers to immerse themselves in the story. Whilst you cannot ignore the fact this is set during the war and based on the real land girls, Huth uses some comedy to make light of what was a very bleak period. And I think it is this, and the relationship that exists between all of the characters, that makes this story so heart warming.
Following Mr and Mrs Lawrence as they adapt to having land girls is interesting to observe as the writer initially presents them as quite cold and stand-offish. In contrast, their son Joe spends the novel rebelling against what is expected of him by society and his parents and the reader can’t help but support Joe in his conquests with the girls, even if they really shouldn’t! On the other hand the reader follows Ratty, the farm’s old hand, and the changes he undergoes through working with the land girls. Whilst there is some sense of liberty at the end of the story, the reader can’t help but feel sorry for him and what he has been through.
This is definitely one to read. Whilst you know that Huth has fictionalised the story of the land girls and given it a heart – warming edge, there are plenty of elements to the story that make you sit and think about what life was like during the second World War. This will give you the escapism desired from a novel, but with the added dimension of its historical context.
Three girls from different lifestyles. Its easy reading and I really enjoyed it.
I wasn't a huge fan of Angela Huth's writing style and her dialogue is rather stilted at times. In places, the book reads like a novel-by-numbers, but it did a reasonable job of depicting the life of a land girl during the war years.
The ending was somewhat disappointing, with Huth telling us what happens to her characters rather than showing us. It feels a bit like she was bored with her story and couldn't really be bothered finishing the story, so she wraps it up in a couple of pages.
All in all, this was interesting as a historical piece, but too light on plot to be really enjoyable.
This novel started splendidly with a description of the girls' arrival, and their first night together, chatting in the attic bedroom in the farmhouse before going to sleep.Read more ›
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