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Canary girls : a novel / Jennifer Chiaverini.

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  • ISBN: 9780063080744
  • ISBN: 0063080745
  • Physical Description: 417 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-417).
Summary, etc.:
Early in the Great War, men left Britain's factories in droves to enlist. Struggling to keep up production, arsenals hired women to build the weapons the military urgently needed. "Be the Girl Behind the Man Behind the Gun," the recruitment posters beckoned. Thousands of women--cooks, maids, shopgirls, and housewives-answered their nation's call. These "munitionettes" worked grueling shifts often seven days a week, handling TNT and other explosives with little protective gear. Among them is nineteen-year-old former housemaid April Tipton. Impressed by her friend Marjorie's descriptions of higher wages, plentiful meals, and comfortable lodgings, she takes a job at Thornshire Arsenal near London, filling shells in the Danger Building-difficult, dangerous, and absolutely essential work. Joining them is Lucy Dempsey, wife of Daniel Dempsey, Olympic gold medalist and star forward of Tottenham Hotspur. With Daniel away serving in the Footballers' Battalion, Lucy resolves to do her bit to hasten the end of the war. When her coworkers learn she is a footballer's wife, they invite her to join the arsenal ladies' football club, the Thornshire Canaries. The Canaries soon acquire an unexpected fan in the boss's wife, Helen Purcell, who is deeply troubled by reports that Danger Building workers suffer from serious, unexplained illnesses. One common symptom, the lurid yellow hue of their skin, earns them the nickname "Canary Girls." Suspecting a connection between the Canary Girls' maladies and the chemicals they handle, Helen joins the arsenal administration as their staunchest, though often unappreciated, advocate. The football pitch is the one place where class distinctions and fears for their men fall away. As the war grinds on and tragedy takes its toll, the Canary Girls persist despite the dangers, proud to serve, determined to outlive the war and rejoice in victory and peace.
Subject: World War, 1914-1918 > Great Britain > Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 > Women > Fiction.
Women soccer players > Fiction.
Social classes > Fiction.
Weapons industry > Employees > Fiction.
Industrial hygiene > Great Britain > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Sports fiction.

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  • 39 of 64 copies available at Bibliomation.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Windham Free Library - Windham Center. (Show)


  • 2 current holds with 64 total copies.
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Windham Free Library - Windham Center F CHI (Text) 33760155020852 Adult New Fiction Checked out 12/16/2023
Ansonia Public Library FIC CHIAVERINI, JENNIFER (Text) 34045143415763 Adult New Fiction Available -
Beacon Falls Public Library FIC CHI (Text) 33120152858103 Adult New Fiction Available -
Beardsley & Memorial Library - Winsted FIC CHIAVER (Text) 33750000084321 Adult New Fiction Available -
Beardsley Branch - Bridgeport FIC CHIAVERINI (Text) 34000151453891 Adult New Fiction In transit -
Beekley Community Library - New Hartford NEW F CHIAVERINI J (Text) 32544072685620 Adult New Fiction Checked out 12/18/2023
Bentley Memorial Library - Bolton FIC Chi (Text) 33160155055505 Adult New Material Checked out 12/21/2023
Bethel Public Library NEW CHIAVERINI (Text) 34030148540161 Adult New Fiction Checked out 12/18/2023
Booth & Dimock Library - Coventry AF CHI (Text) 33260000602830 Adult Fiction Available -
Burnham Library - Bridgewater FIC CHIAVERINI (Text) 36937002172063 Adult New Material Checked out 12/09/2023

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