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178889507X
Talking book - CD:I'll be seeing you; read by Tamsin Kennard:2021 Talking book - CD I'll be seeing you; read by Tamsin Kennard
I'll be seeing you; read by Tamsin Kennard
Author: Archer, Rosie
Author: Kennard, Tamsin
Year: 2021
Language: English
Type: Talking book - CD
Class Number: CD SPOKEN WORD
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Magna Story Sound, 2021
Physical or Electronic: Physical
ISBN: 9781788895071
Notes:
It is 1943 on England's war-weary south coast where the conflict seems never-ending. After the heartache of the previous year, Connie Baxter now appears to have everything a girl could want. There is Ace, a man who loves her. She enjoys an enviable lifestyle despite the deprivations of war. She has friends and a job she adores as an usherette at the Criterion cinema. But appearances can be deceptive and Connie is struggling in more ways than one. Then, to compound Connie's problem, her nemesis, Cousin Marlene, returns home. Secrets come to light, revealing jealousies that could shatter Connie's world once more.
Extent: 8 CDs (7 hr., 55 min.), digital, stereo
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Large print:The factory girls:2017 Large print
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2017
Language: English
Type: Large print
Publisher: Magna
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Quercus, 2016 It's 1944, after D-Day. Doodlebugs are the latest threat to war-battered southern England. Local crook Samuel Golden is still finding ways to exploit people's hardship for his own gain. Heroine Em, who we first met in 'The Munitions Girls', finds herself caught up in one such scheme while having to deal with her daughter's unexpected pregnancy. Female friendship; wartime drama; mothers and daughters; and finding a good man in the end - it's all there in this sparkling new saga from Rosie Archer.
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1787473937
Book:The bluebird girls:2019 Book
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Quercus
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Hampshire, 1939, and three young women are about to get the break of a lifetime. Rainey Bird, Ivy Sparrow and Bea Herron all love to sing. For Rainey, music has been a solace during the upheaval of starting a new life with her mother, away from her abusive dad. Bea finds a confidence when she sings that she cannot get from anything else. Ivy sees it as her best chance of making a life away from Gosport and a dead-end job. The three of them sing in a choir run by the strict but kind Mrs Wilkes. The choir provides a couple of hours of stardust each week, away from school and work and family worries. When war breaks out, though, dreams must be put on hold. It seems that local pantomimes and charity shows are as far as the girls will be able to go, despite Mrs Wilkes's faith in their talent. That is, until a mysterious stranger arrives with a proposition that just might change their lives.
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0750547340
Large print:The narrowboat girls:2019 Large print
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Large print
Publisher: Magna
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Standard format edition originally published: London: Quercus, 2018 When the Second World War takes Britain's men away to fight, it is women who step up to fill the jobs left behind. From farms to factories, no job is too back-breaking, and for many women it offers their first real chance at independence. Two such women from very different backgrounds find themselves working on the narrowboats - piloting freights round southern England's network of canals. One is a solicitor's wife, still smarting from the humiliation of her husband leaving her for his secretary. The other is a young working-class woman glad to find an excuse to get away from her violent boyfriend. Life on the canals is hard, and breaking into such a close-knit community can be tough - especially when the remaining male works are sure women aren't up to the job. But though these women start out as strangers, they will forge a bond of friendship that will take them through the darkest hours.
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1787474097
Book:The forces' sweethearts:2020 Book
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2020
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Quercus
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: 1943, and The Bluebird Girls are at the top of their game. They are touring with ENSA, visiting army bases across the world in order to boost the morale of the brave boys fighting in the desert and the jungle. The hours are long and the travelling uncomfortable, but Bea, Rainey and Ivy wouldn't be anywhere else for the world. Then tragedy strikes the group and their little showbusiness family. Their manager, Blackie, and Rainey's mother Jo find themselves with heavy new responsibilities, and the change in circumstances causes the girls themselves to reconsider their lives.
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0750547359
Large print:The girls from the local:2019 Large print
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Large print
Publisher: Magna
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Quercus, 2017 Gosport, Hampshire, 1943, and even in the middle of war the local pub provides a warm welcome, thanks to its trio of barmaids. Ruby has been living and working at the Point of No Return pub since her parents were killed by a bomb. She loves the bustle of the pub; it helps take her mind off worrying about her fiance, Joe, away fighting in France. The only thing Ruby doesn't like about the Point is Sylvie. This singing siren may have a beautiful voice, but she's out for all she can get, including Joe. Finally, there's Marge, a true party girl. She's a great friend to Ruby and makes sure they have fun, going out to dances and flirting with all and sundry, but she's not as fond of her other role as a mother to two young children. The three of them face many obstacles to fulfilling their dreams, but the bonds of friendship and camaraderie that hold the Point together will keep them going.
396 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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1529405270
Book:The picture house girls:2021 Book
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2021
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Quercus
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: In 1940s Hampshire the war is settling into its stride bringing dark days for many. Eighteen-year-old Connie Baxter works as an usherette at the Criterion Picture House in Gosport. Here she meets Queenie, who sells ice creams and dreams of being in the spotlight. As the war rages on, the women get to know each other and become firm friends, uniting against the wandering hands of the Criterion's creepy manager. But when Connie falls for the charming Tommo Smith, her friendships are tested.
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Large print:The gunpowder and glory girls:2018 Large print
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2018
Language: English
Type: Large print
Publisher: Magna
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Quercus, 2016 The war is drawing to a close, but the munitions girls are still hard at work in the factory. Gladys, who's been promoted to overseer, has been feeling lonely lately. Her daughter has moved away, and a lot of her friends have left Gosport too. Then an act of kindness towards Goldie, a homeless teenager, provides Gladys with a new friend and lodger. But Goldie has run away from her dangerous family - a group of local gangsters and black-market smugglers, including a particular thug, a pimp, who is determined to make the girl his. Can Gladys keep both of them safe while dealing with her own unexpected pregnancy?
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Large print:Victory for the Bluebird Girls:2021 Large print
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2021
Language: English
Type: Large print
Publisher: Dales
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Quercus, 2020 As war finally draws to a close and the lights come back on across Europe, what will victory and peacetime bring for the south coast's favourite singing trio? In their rise to fame over the course of the war, Bea Herron, Ivy Sparrow and Rainey Bird have faced down bombs and looked tragedy in the eye. They have also found love, created their own families and had careers that they never thought possible. With peace finally on the horizon, what will the new world hold for them?
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Book:We'll meet again:2019 Book
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Quercus
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Gosport, 1941. The Bluebird Girls - Rainey Bird, Bea Herron and Ivy Sparrow - are on their way to stardom. From working mens' clubs to the glamour of the Savoy Hotel, fame and fortune beckon as the south coast's favourite singing trio work to charm their way into the hearts of the nation. But the war rages on, and reaching the top of their game will not be easy. Blonde bombshell Bea is still dealing with the fallout of a traumatic encounter last winter. Rainey is determined to live up to her mother's belief in her, but finds herself struggling with the whirlwind of life in showbusiness. And Ivy, usually so self-possessed, is hopelessly in love. As bombs rain down and rationing bites harder, it will take all their grit, good humour and the support of friends and family to see them through. Can the girls keep their dream alive through Britain's darkest hour?
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Large print:The munitions girls:2016 Large print
Author: Archer, Rosie
Year: 2016
Language: English
Type: Large print
Publisher: Magna
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Quercus, 2015 1943, Gosport, Hampshire. Pixie Saunders is 19 and employed in the local armaments factory. The work is dangerous and the hours long, but in the evenings the girls take off their overalls and go to the pub or, better still, go dancing. Pixie meets American serviceman Cal and falls in love. She couldn't be happier. Then Pixie falls pregnant and her life changes dramatically. Alone and unable to work, she has to rely on the kindness of friends to help her survive. Happiness seems like a thing of the past. Little does she know that there are plenty of good surprises - and good ones at that. Love may be closer than she thinks.
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