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The Land Girls Audio CD – Unabridged, 15 April 2019
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- Publisher : HQ Fiction - AU; Simultaneous Release edition (15 April 2019)
- Language: : English
- Audio CD : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1460792807
- ISBN-13 : 978-1460792803
- Dimensions : 14.6 x 2.8 x 13.4 cm
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About the Author
Victoria Purman is a multi-published, award-nominated, Amazon Kindle–bestselling author. She has worked in and around the Adelaide media for nearly thirty years as an ABC television and radio journalist, a speechwriter to a premier, political adviser, editor, media adviser and private-sector communications consultant. She is a regular guest at writers' festivals, has been nominated for a number of readers choice awards and was a judge in the fiction category for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Her most recent novels are The Three Miss Allens, published in 2016, The Last of the Bonegilla Girls (2018) and The Land Girls (2019).
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This story did not disappoint. Viewed through the eyes of three very different women, mid 1940’s Australia unfolded before me. I could easily imagine the backbreaking effort involved in pulling flax or harvesting grapes and the cuts and scrapes from picking cherries or apples or perhaps pruning trees. It is very clear that this was no stroll through the vegetable patch, but rather serious hard slogging in often unpleasant conditions.
The Land Girls is not just a glimpse at Australian wartime history. There are personal stories interwoven through this book, and Flora, Betty and Lilly are very real people with very real worries, hopes and dreams. The book also takes readers out into the Australian countryside from the Adelaide Hills to Mildura on the banks of the Murray River and Batlow on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range.
The story is well paced allowing readers to absorb the lives of its characters yet move forward to see what will befall them next. I liked that little bits of adversity were dropped onto the pages whenever I was getting comfortable with the setting, ensuring my loyalty to the characters and my enthusiasm to see how things would end.
For anybody looking for a darned good Australian historical fiction with a dash of romance all I can say is look no further. And if you’d just like to get a glimpse of life in wartime Australia but can’t be bothered doing all the research that Victoria Purman has done then this is the book for you. Loved it!
I loved the book, it's full of familiar places and it was easy for me to be swept away by the story.
The book is about three brave women who for very different reasons decided to join the Australian Women's Land Army and they play a vital role helping busy farmers harvest their crops
Flora Atkins lives with both her father, and her brother Jack.
Flora is 30 years old, she has looked after her dad and brothers for 15 years.
She works as a clerk where she isn't appreciated, never promoted and paid a pittance.
She decides to join the Australian Land Army, she is sent to Mildura to help Charles Nettleford harvest his sultana and currant crop. It's back breaking work, Flora struggles at first but she soon adjusts, Charles is a widower he lives with his mother, he has two sweet little girls Violet and Daisy.
Betty Brower lives in Sydney, she's 17 and works in Woolworths.
Her best friend is her neighbor Michael, he turns 18 before her and decides to join the army.
Betty lives with her parents, both her parents are teachers, she misses Michael and is very unhappy with her job. She decides that she wants to join the Women's Land Army and due to her age she needs her fathers permission?
Her parents agree, Betty struggles at first she has never been away from home before, she's very home sick, misses Michael and she cries every night.
With support from the older girls and the local farming community she soon settles into her new job.
Lilian Thomas lives in North Adelaide it's a very posh suburb, she has no idea what she wants to do with her life, she's stuck going to red cross meetings with her mother and learning to type.
Lilian lives in the shadow of her older sister Susan who's a doctor in the Australian army and stationed in Egypt.
Lilian has been dating David Hogarth for six months when he decides the join the RAAF and train to be a fighter pilot. They decide to get married quickly, much to her mother's horror before he's deployed to start his training.
Once David leaves to start his training, Lilian decides the join the Women's Land Army and her parents are horrified. Lilian joins anyway, before she knows it she has her land army kit and is sent off to her first posting.
They're sent to pick cherries in Norton Summit, it's a huge shock for Lilian who has never done a days work in her life!
The girls earn 30 shillings a week, including food and board!
As the war drags, the lives of the three women are changed forever, constant worry about loved ones serving overseas takes it's toll, mail can take weeks if not months to reach them, and they work really hard. They sometimes worked six days a week, in tough conditions, in the heat, and rain. As time goes on some girls leave to marry or lose loved ones in the war.
The Land Girls takes you on a emotional journey, one that makes you laugh and cry. You discover the sacrifices both men and women made during WW II in Australia. I had no idea about the important role the land girls made towards the war effort.
I live in the Adelaide Hills, I know the area well and Victoria Purman has done a brilliant job with her research. I loved reading about familiar places and I gave the book 4 stars.
They are all sent to different types of farms to perform the work usually done by men who are away fighting in World War II.
As a South Australian, I know the areas referred to in this state as well as some of the places in Victoria. The author has researched these areas well, and her attention to detail is very credible.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone who has a love of World War II stories.