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Summary

During the Second World War, life in the iconic Bryant & May match factory is grimy and tough. 

Annie, Rose, Pearl and Millie carry on making matches for the British Army, with bombs raining down around them. Inspired by the Dig for Victory campaign, Annie persuades the owners to start Bryant & May allotment in the factory grounds. With plenty of sweat and toil, the girls eventually carve out a corner of the yard into a green plot full of life and colour. 

In the darkest of times, the girls find their allotment a tranquil, happy escape. Using pierced dustbin lids to sieve through the shrapnel and debris, they bring about a powerful change, not just in the factory but in their own lives. 

As the war rages on, the garden becomes a place of community, friendship - and deceit. As the garden thrives and grows, so do the girls' secrets....

©2018 Kate Thompson (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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A good story based on real lives. I learnt a few things about social history, gardening and emotional strength.

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Great Story

I loved this story and have enjoyed Kate Thompsons books so far, I struggled with the narrator though I found her herr bland and hard to listen to. The other books I have listened to have been animated and the characters vibrant. Read by a different narrator like Ann Dover I feel could have really made this more enjoyable.

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A good book that I listened to at night to help me relax. A romance and also historical as it tells you about the slums and world war 2. So sad in parts and funny in others. A good book

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Brilliant

As with all Kate’s books I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this book. Well written, and narrated I felt as if I were there at some moments as the description was so vivid

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Exciting story

Story about women working in the match factory during the war.
I found this book exciting,dramatic and sad but couldn’t stop listening. Recommend