A completely original history of one of the most extraordinary movements in the world – the Girl Guides – and how they helped win the war.
The Girl Guides is one of the world's most extraordinary movements: millions of women have been members. But what have the Guides actually achieved, since they began 100 years ago? Do they do more than sell biscuits, sing around campfires, and tie knots? In this constantly surprising book, Janie Hampton shows that Girl Guides have been at the heart of women's equality since the early twentieth century - when they were garnering badges like Electrician and Telegraphist.
Exploring modern-day girlhood through this very British institution's effect on global warfare, ‘How the Girl Guides Won the War’ reveals, for the first time, the dramatic impact that the Guides had on the Second World War. When the Blitz broke out, they dug bomb shelters, grew vegetables and helped millions of evacuated children adjust to new lives in the country. Many were taken as prisoners of war and survived concentration camps.
Told by the Guides themselves ‘How the Girl Guides Won the War’ is packed with rich social history, fond and funny anecdotes, surprising archives, and the lingering taste of smoky tea in a tin mug. Providing a new slant on both the Guide movement, and World War II, Janie Hampton's remarkable book finally gives the Girl Guides the historical attention they deserve.
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"a fascinating oral history...As the government gropes for some substance to add to its vague talk of the Big Society it could do worse than to look at this prelapsarian tale of duty, teamwork and cheerfulness." --Daisy Goodwin in the Sunday Times
`absorbing and unexpected story...the book is packed with heart-breaking stories of the girls' courage in extreme situations...the descriptions linger long in the mind.' `Hampton never lets us forget that these courageous girls were only children and in so doing, delivers another story: that of the optimism and buoyancy of youth. In the face of sometimes intolerable conditions, songs, laughter and little routines edged out the harsh realities of war. This is a sobering and inspirational book.' --Juliet Nicolson, Mail on Sunday
'Remarkable for casting a glorious light on the oddest corners.' Telegraph Books of the Year --Juliet Gardiner
Janie Hampton is the author of fifteen books including biography, fiction and text books. She has been a journalist in Africa, a producer at the BBC World Service and has written articles for the Sunday Times, The Times, the Independent, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman. She has worked in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda, living in rural communities, travelling by canoe, bus, river-boat and train.
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Book Description Harper Press, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007356315
Book Description HarperPress, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007356315
Book Description Harper Press, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007356315