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Land Girls by Angela Huth

Land Girls (1994)

by Angela Huth

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This book is a captivating tale of life as a land girl during the second world war. Prue, Ag and Stella have very different personalities, opinions and interests, but as they work together on Hallows Farm they become close friends.

The characters are well-rounded and clearly delineated. Each has their positive points and their flaws and it is a strength of the writing that one character (particularly among the three land girls) is not given greater prominence than the other two.

The story, while mainly being a narrative exploring the work of the land girls, does have a few twists and turns which enhances the interest of the story.

I have always found the opening to this book intriguing as it places great weight on an incident which, later on in the novel, does not seem to be very significant. After several re-reads, I have still not worked out why this incident is highlighted at the start of the novel, and my curiosity keeps me returning for more, in the hope that on this read I will understand the author's intent. For me, a book that bears re-reading is a good book, a book that still gets me thinking after several re-reads is an even better one.
  VictoriaLouiseHill | Jan 4, 2014 |
Such an interesting and well written book. The book follows the experiences of three young women from divergent backgrounds and their time as workers on a farm during WWII. As part of the war effort in England, young women would work on farms where men that had been called up to fight would normally have been employed.
This is one of those books that you don't want to end.
  kentlibrarysuffield | May 20, 2009 |
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During World War II, young English women left the cozy world of traditional female jobs for exhausting agricultural labor so that male farm workers could take up arms. Agatha, Stella, and Prue are from distinctly different backgrounds and social classes, but genuine patriotism for their country binds them together. Pushed beyond their imagined limits, they all achieve what their culture has denied them as women: adventure, physical challenge, and personal growth. As ordinary citizens fighting for their country the best way they can, they transform themselves into women of honor, courage, and stature, proving themselves more noble than the highest generals.

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Soon after the Battle of Britain, three young women - Prue a man-eating apprentice hairdresser from Manchester, Stella a dreamy Surrey girl, giddily in love, and Agatha, a Cambridge graduate - are catapulted from their contrasting worlds and find themselves sharing a dormitory together in the depths of the West Country as land girls, and laying the foundations for a friendship that will last a lifetime.… (more)

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