Duncan Barrett; Nuala Calvi The Sugar Girls

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The Sugar Girls

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'On a crisp September day in 1944, Ethel Alleyne stood outside Tate & Lyle's factory at Plaistow Wharf, on the shining curve of the Thames. Looking up at the giant gate, Ethel felt as if she'd been preparing for this moment all her life. She drew herself up to her full height and did her best to hide her nerves as she headed into the factory.   She was quite unprepared for the sight that met her eyes...'   During the Blitz and the years of rationing, the Sugar Girls kept Britain sweet. The work was back-breakingly hard, but Tate & Lyle was more than just a workplace - it was a community, a calling, a place of love and support and an uproarious, tribal part of the East End. From ambitious Ethel to irrepressible Gladys, lovelorn Lilian to fun-loving Joan - and Miss Smith, who tries to keep a workforce of flirtatious young men and women on the straight and narrow - this is an evocative, moving story of hunger, hardship and happiness.  The Sugar Girls (Collins, 2012) weaves together tales of adversity, resilience and youthful high spirits, bringing vividly to life the East End of Call The Midwife and Silvertown. It provides a moving insight into a lost way of life, as well as a timeless testament to the experience of being young and female. For more information, pics and audio clips, see thesugargirls.com.

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Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge and now works as writer and editor, specializing in biography and memoir. He recently edited The Reluctant Tommy (Macmillan, 2010), a First World War memoir. 

Nuala Calvi is a writer and journalist who has written for The Times, The Independent, the BBC, CNN and numerous Time Out books.

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'Delightful, a terrific piece of nonfiction storytelling, and an authoritative and highly readable work of social history which brings vividly to life a fascinating part of East End life before it is lost forever.' 

Melanie McGrath, bestselling author of Silvertown and Hopping 

'This vivid and richly readable account of women's lives in and around the Tate & Lyle East London works in the 40s and 50s is written as popular social history, played for entertainment. If it doesn't become a TV series to rival Call The Midwife, I'll take my tea with ten sugars.'  Bel Mooney, The Daily Mail - Book of the Week (23 March 2012)

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate Lyle s East End Factories. The Sugar Girls went straight to No.10 in the Sunday Times Bestseller List, spending five weeks in the top ten. On an autumn day in 1944, Ethel Alleyne walked the short distance from her house to Tate Lyle s refinery on the shining curve of the Thames. Looking up at the giant gates, Ethel felt like she had been preparing for this moment all her life. She smoothed down her frizzy hair, scraped a bit of dirt off the corner of her shoe and strode through. She was quite unprepared for the sight that met her eyes . In the years leading up to and after the Second World War thousands of women left school at fourteen to work in the bustling factories of London s East End. Despite long hours, hard and often hazardous work, factory life afforded exciting opportunities for independence, friendship and romance. Of all the factories that lined the docks, it was at Tate Lyle s where you could earn the most generous wages and enjoy the best social life, and it was here where The Sugar Girls worked. Through the Blitz and on through the years of rationing The Sugar Girls kept Britain sweet.The work was back-breakingly hard, but Tate Lyle was more than just a factory, it was a community, a calling, a place of love and support and an uproarious, tribal part of the East End. From young Ethel to love-worn Lillian, irrepressible Gladys to Miss Smith who tries to keep a workforce of flirtatious young men and women on the straight and narrow, this is an evocative, moving story of hunger, hardship and happiness. Tales of adversity, resilience and youthful high spirits are woven together to provide a moving insight into a lost way of life, as well as a timeless testament to the experience of being young and female. Bookseller Inventory # AAU9780007448470

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