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Land Girls Paperback – 2 Feb 2012

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780332467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780332468
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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The modern classic of life on the Home Front re-issued with a great new cover.

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‘The Land Girls’ is a heart-warming story that shows how friendship can endure over time and destruction. Following the lives of three land girls in the second World War, Angela Huth looks at what it must have been like for them in terms of love, life, work and friendship.

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.
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Having watched the TV series I was intrigued by the role of the Land Girls, and in this book it really gives an insight .
Three girls from different lifestyles. Its easy reading and I really enjoyed it.
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I enjoyed this book it was an interesting read. It shows the life and hard work by the land girls. The book is interesting all the way through, thought there could have been more, perhaps another book. easy read.
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This book took my eye because I had a relative who had been a Land Girl, I also got to know a lady in her 90's who told me about her time as a Land Girl. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and looked forward to reading what became of them when they left the farm.
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This was a gentle read that kept my attention without being overly engaging.

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.
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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2013
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Angela Huth's bestselling novel is set in the middle of World War II, in Dorset, one of the loveliest English counties. In the autumn of 1942, three very different girls arrive to work as land girls on Hallows Farm, the home of John and Faith Lawrence. Prue is a cheery hairdresser from Manchester, intent on marrying a millionaire, but until she finds him determined to sleep with as many attractive men as possible. Ag is a serious Cambridge literature graduate, nourishing an untold passion for another Cambridge student and more knowledgeable about books than about life. And Stella is a pretty, dreamy girl from the home counties, addicted to being in love, and currently dreaming about Philip, a young naval officer who she has only met three times. Over the months that the three girls work at Hallows Farm, they become close friends, and learn huge amounts about farming and the animal kingdom. They befriend kindly, quiet Farmer Lawrence and his motherly wife, all get involved (in different ways) with the Lawrences' son Joe, unable to fight in the war due to asthma, and develop an appreciation for the company of Ratty Tyler, the farmhand, an expert in ratcatching and lambing, who adores the girls and finds their chatter and company a true relief from his unhappy marriage. And during their months at the farm, one of the land girls will develop a great and lifelong passion - but which one?

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.
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I enjoy books written about the war or historical novels. This book tells of the struggle of the land girls who kept Britain in food during WW2. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys learning about the past.
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