The Sugar Girls

The Sugar Girls

Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle's East End

Book - 2012
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In the years leading up to and after the Second World War, many women left school at 14 to work in the bustling factories of London's East End. 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. 'The Sugar Girls' recalls memories of this era.
Publisher: London : Collins, 2012
ISBN: 9780007448470
Branch Call Number: 338.74 BAR NVD
Characteristics: xi, 339 : map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Calvi, Nuala


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Jan 05, 2013

Really interesting account of a time not that far distant, during and after the second World War, but which seems like eons back in terms of standards of living and technology. It was a time when girls left school at 14 and went to work in factories. A time when boys at that age went to war. A time when it wasn't unusual for entire families in London's East End to live in one room, without the means to bury the children who died without medical care. A tough time for sure, but the spirits of the people were full of life and enthusiasm, even against great odds. This book follows four girls who work in the sugar factory, and I loved it.

Dec 20, 2012

I picked up this book because it sounded interesting, not knowing that it is a non-fiction book. These are true stories of several women who worked in the Tate and Lyle sugar refineries from towards the end of the war onward, with an epilogue at the end letting us know what happened to each character. The book reads like a novel and is engaging and interesting. Quite enjoyable.

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