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The Sugar Girls - Ethel's Story: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle's East End by [Barrett, Duncan, Calvi, Nuala]
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The Sugar Girls - Ethel's Story: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle's East End Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5433 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; ePub ed edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B5IL5I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With this book I felt I was really with Ethel in her ups and downs of life in the sugar factory. Life was hard, but the sense of achievement and stickability shines through. The life in a factory in, relatively, recent times was so class structured it saddened me. But great to read that Ethel is still alive! She's a true East End character. Thanks for a great book.
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I was born in the East End of London, where the story is set, in 1948 and this book has given me a picture of how life was back then.

From the very first pages I felt that I knew Ethel and the other girls in the book. Their stories are realistically told and I want to read about the rest of the 'Sugar Girls' now to find out how their lives differed and to be a part of that era again.
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What a fascinating and interesting subject to write about but written so blandly. It was rather like someone had all the perfect ingredients then under-prepared and over or under cooked. The flavour just about came thru, but was so disappointing.
I think a writer needs to re-do these books because the subject matter is so absorbing but the way you tell a story is so important too. Worth a read for the facts.
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The Sugar Girls- Ethels Story is a really nice easy read. Read it in a couple of days and I am not an avid reader. Would recommend to all. I will probably buythe rest of the series. Excellent insight in to a National Company. Interesting.
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Found this a really interesting book to read. Not only is it about fairly modern history, but it brings to life the part of London it was presenting. As a born Londoner - although not still there - it was lovely to read. The lifestyle was entertaining and informative and reminded me of my younger years
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The story starts when Ethel gets a new job, its on the shop floor in a sugar factory with prospects,for those who were keen to progress,but had to work hard and dedicate themselves.
At first it wasn't quite what she envisaged herself doing but after a lot of hard work it became more than just a job it was a calling. There were rules to work by and woe betide you if you disobeyed them. Hard work was rewarded and soon Ethel was on the management team. However if she didn't toe the line she was demoted and sent back to the factory floor, this happened on at least one occasion. It was hard to go back to taking orders when you were used to giving them.
Time went by and ethel regained her status upstairs and worked very hard,she gained lots of good friends from the factory floor and management.
Later on she was fortunate to meet a lovely man to whom she married,she carried on working hard, then left to have a family after a year or two she thought it would help the family budjet if she went back to work and didn't think they would take her on at the factory,but they did and in her old job too. It just showed that hard work pays off especially if you are prepared to give more than you take.
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This is the type of novels I enjoy whole heartedly, it shows what working in a factory was really like, noisy and dirty, people also were very nosey and would like to know your private life in fact you didn't have much of one, the author has done some good research to get the facts right. Superb reading full of content and colour off the austerity these people worked and lived in.
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Interesting insight into the life of East Londoners in and around the time of the Second War War, told from one girl's perspective with interesting historical information surrounding Silver Town, in particular the work at Tate and Lyle Sugar Refineries. From the point of view of history interest I really enjoyed it.

The author obviously carried out much research to bring this story together, although it is not a literary masterpiece, but then it surely was not meant to be and not all good books necessarily need to be. just It has been written to tell a story and which it manages to do well. One of a series, I have not yet read the others but may well do in the future.

Personally, I prefer books with a little more substance, but as I say - it is what it was intended to be and good for a quick and easy read.
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