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Land Girls (1994)

by Angela Huth

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Soon after the Battle of Britain, three young women - Prue, an apprentice hairdresser, Stella, 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.
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This is the story of three women - Prue, Ag and Stella - who served in England during WWII as land girls. Land girls volunteered to serve their country by working at rural farms since so many men were serving in the military who had previously helped farmers. These three women from disparate backgrounds lived and worked at the farm owned by the Lawrences and their son, Joe. Joe's asthma prevented him from enlisting in the military to his great disappointment. Despite their differences, these women bonded with each other and the Lawrences and shared a work ethic that impressed the family. The work was demanding and included caring for cows, pigs and chickens, all of which were foreign to city girls.

This was an interesting glimpse into WWII in the farming communities, and the toll it took. The women's love interests were a significant part of the novel, and the epilogue answered every question. I liked all the characters, and felt a particular compassion for the elderly farm hand, Ratty Tyler, at the Lawrence farm as his wife descended from ill-tempered harridan into madness. ( )
  pdebolt | Jul 1, 2018 |
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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Soon after the Battle of Britain, three young women - Prue, an apprentice hairdresser, Stella, 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.

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