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Summary

1942. Sixteen-year-old Poppy Percival turns up at Trout's clothing factory to start work as a seamstress.

Poppy harbours a secret - one from which she is still suffering. But she's not the only one with a secret. Each of her new friends at the factory is hiding something painful.

The war will throw their lives into turmoil but also bring these women closer to each other than they could ever have imagined.

©2015 Kate Thompson (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Janet
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • 01-06-15

Absolutely Superb !

What a fantastic book with brilliant narration ... You get so drawn into this story, that you begin to think you are actually there with the characters.. several parts of it had me in tears, it was so poignant & as I can relate to Bethnal Green it made it all the more so....
A cracking good book & especially the dedication at the end..... which is so worth listening to.

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Capturing story

Could not wait for the next chapter , loved hearing about families in the East end. Such strong characters and how they coped with the war.

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excellent

an excellent listen. you can almost believe you are there. I really enjoyed thus one

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  • 05-08-15

Lots of unexpected twists. A good listen!

This book had a lot of content, kept me engaged! I would recommend this book

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An emotional roller coaster.

An incredible story of women pulling together through the adversity of the Second World War in Bethnal Green. I wasn't sure that this was my sort of book but I loved every minute of it. Once it gets going the pace is fast and you don't know where the next revelation is coming from. The book was obviously very well researched as the historic details are spot on. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Fantastic Story

Not the usual story I would go for but was really enjoyable and had me gripped. I knew nothing of the Bethnal Green tube tragedy so learnt a lot whilst listening. Can't wait for Kate Thompson's next book now. Great writer who I'd highly recommend.
I did find the narrator irritating as she changed accents and voices and sometimes forgot who's voice was who's. Would have preferred her to not act out and just read. But that may just be my personal taste. This was my first audio book so could be the normal thing.

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What a great story.

Really loved this and Anne Dover is a brilliant reader. Highly recommend this audio book

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Fantastic

Fantastic story and such a gripping tale, my heart goes out to all who died in the tube disaster God bless xx

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Best story ive ever listened to.

I am now an avid fan of Kate Thompson her vivid story telling brings to life the hard working women of the day .Shes done the Bethnell Green ladies n the amazing guys justice in the telling.One of the most enjoyable stories,forget the housework girls ,sit back n enjoy loved every .mintue of it .

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Disappointing

Some of the book was excellent but I was disappointed how the second half of the book missed out large chunks of important events.