The Land Girls
From the bestselling Australian author of The Last of the Bonegilla Girls comes a moving story of love, loss and survival against the odds.
It was never just a man’s war…
Melbourne, 1942: War has engulfed Europe and now the Pacific, but for Flora Thomas nothing much has changed. Tending her dull office job and beloved brother and father, as well as knitting socks for the troops, leaves her relatively content. Then one day a stranger gives her brother a white feather and Flora’s anger propels her out of her safe life and into the Australian Women’s Land Army.
There she meets Betty, a 17-year-old shopgirl, and the unlikely Lilian, fleeing her overbearing family’s expectations. As they embrace their new world, they begin to find pride in their roles. More than that, they start to find a kind of liberation. For Flora, new friendships and the singular joy derived from working the land offer new meaning to her life, and even the possibility of love.
But as the clouds of war darken the horizon, and their fears for loved ones grow, the Land Girls’ hold on their new-found freedoms is fragile. Even if they make it through unscathed, they will not come through unchanged.
The Land Girls by Victoria Purman
15 April 2019
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