The Sugar Girls: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle's East End Paperback – 29 Mar. 2012
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- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007448473
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007448470
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.79 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : Harper (29 Mar. 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 40,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
‘An authoritative and highly readable work of social history which brings vividly to life a fascinating part of East End life before it is lost forever.’ Melanie McGrath
‘Delightful, a terrific piece of nonfiction storytelling, and an authoritative and highly readable work of social history which brings vividly to life a fascinating part of East End life before it is lost forever.’ – Melanie McGrath, bestselling author of Silvertown and Hopping
‘This vivid and richly readable account of women’s lives in and around the Tate & Lyle East London works in the Forties and Fifties is written as popular social history, played for entertainment. If it doesn’t become a TV series to rival Call The Midwife, I’ll take my tea with ten sugars.’ Bel Mooney, Daily Mail
About the Author
Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge and now works as a writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He was also the editor of The Reluctant Tommy (Macmillan, 2010) a First World War memoir.
Nuala Calvi is a writer and journalist. She trained at London College of Printing and has written for The Times, The Independent, the BBC, CNN and numerous Time Out books.
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Not only is this a well written insight into the lives of young women in the 40's & 50's, it is an insight into how the working life so dominated the lives of people in those days.
It tells of the growth not only of the lives of these young women but of the growth of business and country recovering from World War 2.
The reader is taken through the personal thoughts, highs and lows of young women who though may be very different in many ways are all working in the same factory.
Well written with knowledge and compassion.
I have not completly finished the book but what a wonderful life back then....full employment, sadly or maybe not, health and safety was lacking, but it did enable the workers to get on with their jobs!
Thanks to the authors...
The girls were not friends but were just four of the many people who happened to work there .
Each of their stories are very different and each equally enjoyable .
The book is a deep book uncovering so many details and emotions
It is a must read and highly recommended .
I loved it I could see this as a tv series .