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Land Girls

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Land Girls

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With the country's men at war, it falls to the land girls to pitch in and do their bit... Stella arrives at Hallows Farm in her Rayon stockings, having just waved goodbye to the love of life - naval officer Philip. Agatha has just graduated from Cambridge; life on the Farm is certainly going to offer her a different kind of education. Prue, a hairdresser from Manchester, is used to painting the town red, not manual labour. Joe dreams of leaving the family farm and becoming a fighter pilot. But with the arrival of these three beautiful young women, there's enough to keep him busy on the farm for the time being... Work is hard and the effects of war start to take their toll on the three women. But as the bonds of friendship start to form and excitement builds as the RAF dance looms, maybe life in the countryside isn't so bad after all?
With the country's men at war, it falls to the land girls to pitch in and do their bit... Stella arrives at Hallows Farm in her Rayon stockings, having just waved goodbye to the love of life - naval officer Philip. Agatha has just graduated from Cambridge; life on the Farm is certainly going to offer her a different kind of education. Prue, a hairdresser from Manchester, is used to painting the town red, not manual labour. Joe dreams of leaving the family farm and becoming a fighter pilot. But with the arrival of these three beautiful young women, there's enough to keep him busy on the farm for the time being... Work is hard and the effects of war start to take their toll on the three women. But as the bonds of friendship start to form and excitement builds as the RAF dance looms, maybe life in the countryside isn't so bad after all?
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  • Angela Huth has written three short story collections and several novels. She also writes plays for radio, television and stage, and is a well-known freelance journalist, critic and broadcaster. She is married to a don, lives in Oxford and has two daughters.
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    June 3, 1996
    As WW II rages in the background, three young city women learn about love and themselves on an English farm. High drama and intense meaning, Huth (Invitation to the Married Life) shows in this charming work, manifest themselves not just in grand battles but also in everyday life. Serving in the Women's Land Army of replacements for farmhands gone to war are Ag Marlowe, a studious Cambridge undergraduate, Prue Lumley, a sexy, working-class hairdresser, and the dreamily romantic Stella Sherwood (who wonders: "What's the point of life if you're not in love?"). For a year, the three share an attic dormitory at the Lawrence farm in Dorset. Hard outdoor work-daily pre-dawn milking, clipping the hooves and befouled hindquarters of sheep, cleaning the pigsty-is a constant. So is the presence of Joe, the Lawrences' handsome, asthmatic son. The war itself slashes into farm life only occasionally-through the death of one of Prue's friends, through government control of food and clothing-as the emphasis remains on the personal relationships and understandings of the characters. And these characters are fully realized-not just the women but supporting players as well, including the 53-year-old Mr. Lawrence, who, upon first seeing Stella at work, is nearly overpowered by the urge to touch her neck. Here are women and men whom readers will take to their hearts, and a story they will cherish.

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