This collection of short stories is a varied and fascinating look at women in WW1. From nurses to spies to resistance fighters, from England to France, there is such a range of women's experiences included and all the stories are incredibly readable, even if, like me, WW1 isn't your favourite topic. I thought it was a brilliant idea to put together a collection of women's experiences. Descriptions of soldiers' sufferings at the front line are distressingly familiar, but for women too, this was a time of great change and upheaval - and for some, real danger and suffering. My favourite stories were Mary Hooper's Storm in a Teashop, with its delightfully naive central character; this was one of those stories where you want to shout LOOK BEHIND YOU! The Marshalling of Angelique's Geese by Rowena House was brilliant too, taking us across to France for an insight into the hard work and desperation of the women trying to keep the farms going while the men are fighting and offering us a sinister glimpse into the great flu epidemic. I also thought Sally Nicholls' story rounded off the collection so well with its look at the aftermath at the war and both the problems and the changes which it meant for women. Altogether a worthwhile read.
I’m not a huge fan of short story collection but War Girls is the first one that didn’t have a single story I didn’t like.
Because of the authors involved it’s no surprise that each of these stories is well written but given the short amount of time it’s impressive how each story has fully developed characters. I loved how varied the collection is and that it’s not just about women in Great Britain.
There were 3 stories that really stood out; Mother and Mrs Everington by Melvin Burgess, Sky Dancer by Berlie Doherty & Going Spare by Sally Nicholls. I was actually reading Mother and Mrs Everington in the canteen at work and remember trying not to cry.
I don’t think I’ll forget these quotes:
“It’s because I longer particularly care who wins this bloody war. I no longer care, because whoever is proclaimed the victor, I am sure of only one thing – we will have all lost.” - Mother and Mrs Everington by Melvin Burgess
“They didn’t just do nothing,” I said. “All those women. They changed the world.” - Going Spare by Sally Nicholls
A great little YA book written to mark the centenary since WW1. These short stories written by prestigious writers depict an image of what World War One might have been like for young women of the time.
My favourite of the nine was Storm in a Teashop by Mary Hopper, a story of a young waitress whom does her bit for the country in a unique way.
I have enjoyed this book very much and I will defiantly be sharing this book with my children.
I loved this collection of stories by some very well known authors. The tales are charming and some are unusual and even gritty in parts. The book would make a lovely gift for either a girl or a boy to dip into. Beautifully written and produced.