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Summary

Sisters in love. A family at war. A city in peril.

Rose and Myrtle Sylvester look up to their older sister, Peggy. She is the sensible, reliable one in the household of women headed by their grandmother, Grace Booth, and their mother, Mary Sylvester. When war is declared in 1939 they must face the hardships together and huge changes in their lives are inevitable. For Rose, there is the chance to fulfil her dream of becoming a clippie on Sheffield's trams like Peggy. But for Myrtle, the studious, clever one in the family, war may shatter her ambitions.

When the tram on which she is a conductress is caught in a bomb blast, Peggy bravely helps to rescue her passengers. One of them is a young soldier, Terry Price, and he and Peggy begin courting. They meet every time he can get leave, but eventually Terry is posted abroad and Peggy hears nothing from him. Worse still, Peggy must break the devastating news to her family that she is pregnant. The shock waves that ripple through the family will affect each and every one of them and life will never be the same again.

©2013 Margaret Dickinson (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Family at war!

This story tells of life in a houseful of women in Sheffield during the Second World War and the trials and tribulations they encounter. Three generations under one roof can be trying at times but they face everything as a family.
Well read, with good voices so you know who is speaking and a good plot.

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Hmmmm

This was a brilliant story, however it descended in to tosh [in my opinion] at the end. Hence why I have ownly given it 4 stars instead of 5. I will not be more specific as I do not want to giv away any spoilers.

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a good wartime story.

Any additional comments?

this is the first book I have listened to by Margaret Dickinson and I thought it was very good, 5 star as you can tell.
the characters were well written so that you got involved with their lives, there struggles, their relationships with each other. the book went from 3rd sept. 1939 to may 1945 with an epilogue at the end saying the main points that happened to them in later years.
there is one point the author got wrong. in Sheffield, babies were called babbies not bairns. I live in Sheffield.
Julia franklin did a good job of performing the book. I didn't have a problem with her accent as it depends on which area of Sheffield you live. in the past you could tell which area of Sheffield a person came from by their accent.

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Good book

loved the story. Characters portrayed well. enjoyed story lines from during the war. will look out for more.

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Excellent family story

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clippie Girls?

A family of women all the struggles they have to get through the war. lovely story with a good ending

What about Julia Franklin’s performance did you like?

Julia has a lovely voice . brings the the characters to life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like it all

Any additional comments?

if you like a family book this is a good one

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Captivating book

Lovely war story with a twist, tells of hardships and triumphs with real feelings I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the noration was spot on.

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Not too taxing a story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the kind of easy listening book to pass an afternoon with, the story is easy to follow and doesn't tax the brain

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clippie Girls?

The coming together of the neighbours in diversity

What three words best describe Julia Franklin’s performance?

I am from Sheffield so to me the accent wasn't quite there and at times tripped into an overegged Yorkshire accent.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book didn't make the laugh or cry, I was amused at some parts and other parts I felt sorry for the characters but it didn't pull me into their lives enough to have a true emotional reaction to it.

Any additional comments?

I read this book because my Mother was a clippie and I thought it would have more of the story around that part of the family's life. However the clippie role was used to carry the family story along rather than be a major part of it.

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poorly written narrative boring I was unable to

I hated the book I was unable to complete it the story line was boring and confusing.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful