Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Girls on the Home Front” by Annie Clarke, Arrow Books, Penguin Random House, UK, May 30, 2019
Annie Clarke, Author of “Girls on the Home Front” has written an intriguing, emotional, and intense novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. The story takes place in England around 1941, during World War Two, and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes the characters as neighbors and friends, who grow up together in the small village in England.
Three of the young women who have been friends for years get work at what is called the “factory”. It would be treason to discuss the work that the people that work there do. It is not only physically dangerous but emotionally draining. The more difficult and dangerous a task, the more money the workers get. The young women working there rationalize they are doing their job at the home front for the war.
The men still at home mostly work in the coal pits, which is also a dangerous job. Some have black lung, and those that go there also feel they are doing their job for their country at the home front. Their wives are sewing rugs and selling them.
I appreciate that the author discusses the difference between wealthy people and those faced with poverty. I would recommend this intense novel for those readers who enjoy Historical Fiction during World War Two in England.