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The Boat Girls

by Margaret Mayhew

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    Maidens' Trip: A Wartime Adventure on the Grand Union Canal by Emma Smith (MarthaJeanne)
    MarthaJeanne: Maiden's Trip is written by one of the Idle women out of her own experience.
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This is really a WWII fiction book. Three girls who get involved with war work. It changes them as they work with girls from very different backgrounds, meet men they wouldn't have run into in the course of their peacetime lives, and deal with challenges far from their parents' worlds. Except this time the girls are 'Idle Women'.

As a book depicting life on working boats, it is one of less successful I have read. It has been well researched, but reads as that. I found that I got involved in the lives of the three girls, but not in the cut. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Oct 23, 2011 |
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It is 1943, and three very different girls are longing to do their bit for the war effort. For Frances, her life of seeming privilege has been a lonely one. Brave and strong, stifled by her traditional upbringing, she falls for a most unsuitable man. Prudence - timid and conventional, her horizons have never strayed beyond her job as a bank clerk in Croydon until the war brings her new experiences. Rosalind - a beautiful, flame-haired actress - catches the eye of Frances's stuffy elder brother, the heir to an ancestral mansion. The three become friends when they join the band of women working the canal boats, delivering goods and doing a man's job while the men are away fighting. A tough, unglamorous task - but one which brings them all unexpected rewards.

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It is 1943, and three very different girls are longing to do their bit for the war effort. They become friends when they join a band of women working the canal boat delivering goods and doing a man's job while the men are away fighting. A tough, unglamorous task - but one which brings them all unexpected rewards.… (more)

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