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All The Nice Girls

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ALL THE NICE GIRLS captures the danger and excitement of wartime Britain with a sweeping story of heroic deeds and painful separations, illicit love and battles at sea, and above all, of the poignancy of longing and loss.



1942, and the war is not going well. As part of the war effort the Ashworth Grammar School for Girls signs up for the Merchant Navy’s Ship Adoption Schem
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Hardcover, 341 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Virago Press (UK) (first published March 5th 2009)
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Tifa Leigh
Easy, comfortable read. I enjoyed that the book was set very close to home for me, which was a surprise as I had no idea when I picked up this novel.
Nearing the end of war, the book is set in North West England in the place I live now and also where I grew up on the seaside.
It was lovely to imagine a romantic war time atmosphere in the places I've known and spent time growing up around.

A good read, however I feel that if the author intended to keep any shock twists until the end, they were ea
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Bronwyn Rykiert
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Annie
I'm a great admirer of Joan Bakewell as a journalist, and I really wanted to love this book - but it was a little disappointing. Cynthia and Josh, the main protagonists with their tragic story, were quite well drawn but the rest never became more than cyphers and stereotypes for me. The wartime setting is well done, but that doesn't make it a great book. The story's a good one, well told, and this is an entertaining enough read with attempts to tackle some of the social issues of the day. I read ...more
Hayley
A romantic wartime novel, a first novel by Joan Bakewell.
Capturing the danger and excitement of wartime Britain, the painful seperations, illicit love and battles at sea. The story flows well with fast forwards to the present day. Highlights the fact that things don't always turn out the way you want. A comfortable read.
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I was hoping this would be pure historical fiction, WWII, about an interesting morale building program I hadn't known about: schools adopting ships and making pen pals of the sailors, for the war effort.
Then there was a whole connect to the present, family secrets, flashback plot.. wasn't too fond of that.
Alison
Expected something rather better - found it a bit forgettable to be honest and not very gripping.
Tracey  Wilde
Not what I was expecting from Joan Bakewell. Quite tame. A pleasant war time romance.
Veronica
Odd ending, but otherwise good.
Laura
This book is just brilliant
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