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The Sweethearts: Tales of love, laughter and hardship from the Yorkshire Rowntree's girls by [Russell, Lynn, Hanson]
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About the Author

Neil Hanson is the author of many acclaimed works of narrative history including The Custom of the Sea, The Dreadful Judgement, The Confident Hope of a Miracle and The Unknown Soldier. He lives in Yorkshire with his family.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2127 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; UK ed. edition (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQLL12Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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being a Yorkshire Lass made this book appear very attractive , I then started reading it & could not put it down. So interesting, the history of Joseph Rowntree & how the ingredients were shipped to the destination. A history as well as an engaging biography. Wonderful!
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I enjoyed reading about rowntrees sweet factory
and the girls who worked there. It was nice to
remember about the sweets we don't see now
like beech nut chewing gum etc.
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A cut above the usual run of "misery memoirs". Beautifully written, it paints a vivid, occasionally heart-breaking, but overall an uplifting picture of life and work for women in the pre- and post-war years. They were hard times and people were often desperately poor, but there was real sense of community where people never needed to lock their doors, neighbours looked out for each other and even strangers were greeted with kindness, not suspicion. It's a vanished world and we're poorer for it.

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I was lucky to be in attendance at the launch of "The Sweethearts" at York St. John University in April, and had the pleasure of meeting the five women featured in the book. After having read their individual stories, and reflecting on the content of the book I find myself seeing the truth behind the tales.

I loved the book, and found myself getting lost within the stories. Reading "The Sweethearts" gave me a wonderful sense of familiarity with the history of York, and the people who have lived and worked in the city in the past 100 years. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in true social history, as opposed to the David Starkey version of British History.

Whilst other reviews have taken note of the fact that much of "The Sweethearts" revolves around the history of Rowntrees, it cannot be argued that without the factory none of the five women within the book would have had the chance to tell their stories. Even now, the old factory in York, now Nestle instead of Rowntrees, dominates the city and more often than not the smell of chocolate fills the air. The factory and the people that worked within it's walls contributed to making York what it is today. Joseph Rowntree helped mould the city, and Lynn Russell and Neil Hanson have made just as much of a tribute to him in their work as they have to the five miraculous Sweethearts.
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“The Sweethearts” tells the story of the girls and women who worked at the Rowntree factory in York from 1930 right up until it changed its name in 2008 to Nestle Confectionary (UK).
This book is not just about Rowntree’s but is, in my opinion, a social history of women not only in the workplace but in general society. This perhaps makes it sound as if the book is a heavy boring read but that is far from the truth. Hearing the personal stories and recollections of workers such Madge, Florence, Eileen and Dorothy really brings the book to life. It was interesting not only to hear about life inside the factory and how that changed over the years but also about their loves, life and losses adding a real human interest side to the story.
Being familiar with York – through numerous holidays there, I enjoyed being able to visualise some of the places and I was pleased when he mentioned the swimming pool that Joseph Rowntree paid for as I have actually been to that pool.
Altogether a very enjoyable read and by the end of the book you feel as if you know the ladies featured in it very well. A perfect read for anyone interested in social history but equally as interesting for the general reader.
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I read this in one sitting. It's the story of five women who worked in the chocolate factory between the 1930s and the 1980s. Life was hard in those days. They left school as soon as they reached the minimum legal age, and there were no gap years for them; they left school on a Friday and started work on the Monday - and it was hard work at that. As a chocaholic myself, I'd have liked to know more about the actual process of making the chocolates, but that's a minor quibble about a really good read.
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What a great book! I enjoyed it from beginning to end. A really touching insight into the lives of the girls and women who were the backbone of a household name. Life stories full of experiences, both in and out of the factory,which most of us can not begin to imagine, brought to us in such delightful prose. It's so difficult to choose a favourite, they each bring their own equally fascinating story. Meticulous research and skilful writing makes this a 'must read'. Enjoy
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during the war emanating from Rowntree's. It is good to know about & I bought it because it took place not that far away.
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