Girls on the Home Front (Factory Girls #1)

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  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • Girls on the Home Front (Factory Girls #1)
  • Annie Clarke
  • 07 July 2019
  • 9781787462571

10 thoughts on “Girls on the Home Front (Factory Girls #1)

  1. Teresa says:

    I'm not going to give a synopsis of this story, there are plenty of reviews here doing just that.
    I found it to be very slow and repetitive and struggled to get through it. However, it picked up about three quarters of the way and finished quite strongly. It could have been shorter and done the same job.
    There were a few things in it that annoyed me. Certain characters reactions that didn't sit well with who they were supposed to be.
    The description of the work done by the factory girls was very interesting but there was too much of the pit in it.
    I will read the next one as I want to see a certain someone get his just deserts. I hope that's not too drawn out as I feel it's gone on long enough already.

  2. Sandra says:

    A Fantastic book i have loved reading of the Factory Girls and their families.Fran,Sarah and Beth have joined the fight to win the war,their men are either fighting or working in Massingham's pit.Living in a pit-village means they have grown up together and have a close group of friends.Their is trouble coming from Ralph Massingham who is determined to take fran for himself which makes a group of friends and lovers determined to protect fran.I can highly recommend this book well worth 5*

  3. booklover BEV says:

    Factory girls

    The first book set in Massingham colliery village 1941 WW2 . Frances Hall ( Fran) the main character lives with her family in Langton Street. Working in the munition factory all have to do their bit for the war effects. Fran only has eyes for Davey Bedley a Pit man, as her mam says seventeen is far to young to go courting. loving the humour in this book, enjoyed every bit, as a north east lass myself I was drawn right into the story. Davey goes to work in Bletchley Park that I was so lucky to go to visit last year so know a bit about what the place is really like. The factory girls, Fran, Sarah and Beth all marrers together. I bliddy loved the whole book and looking forward to reading more.

  4. Shruti Ramanujam says:

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

    Can I take a step back from reviewing this book for a moment and gush about this entire sub-genre instead? Because I’d like to gush about this sub-genre.

    Bless war-time economy in the ’40s, because it paved the way for women joining the workforce, for taking up space in industries that were previously assumed to be male preserves. Here were women, doing the highly skilled jobs men thought they couldn’t do and they even agitated for equal pay. These stories are inspiring to read and there can’t be enough books about these ladies, IMO.

    Over to this book.

    Girls at the Home Front is about women from the pit/colliery village of Massingham. The main character Fran decides to support her family, currently living on the wages of her pit man father, by becoming a munitionette along with her friends. How she navigates through a job that makes her risk her life and health every day and also deals with the problems of her family and friends forms the rest of the story.

    Annie Clarke has written an excellent start to the Factory Girls saga, with characters who readers will be left thinking about days after finishing the novel. For these characters have been fleshed brilliantly and will have even the coldest of readers rooting for their happiness.

    When I first started reading this novel, I found the writing a little difficult because it’s almost fully in the Newcastle (Geordie) dialect. But I’ve always loved hearing Geordie words (they sound sexy, don’t @ me), so I got used to reading them in no time.

    I think the best novels are the ones that have me shaking my fist at antagonists, and this one went one up–I complained about one of the annoying characters, Ralph, to my mom. It was mostly because she got irritated by my constant tutting while reading this book, but complain I did. I was rooting for the main characters so bad, I wanted to kill this meddling rich boy who wouldn’t leave them alone.

    Most WWII sagas fall into the trap of making their main characters too sanctimonious, but this one was a breath of fresh air. The characters are not all self-righteous, they do slip up and make mistakes, but overall, these are just everyday people trying to go about their own lives, looking for their own happily ever afters. And therein lies the beauty of this novel.

    Another aspect that I loved about Girls at the Home Front was that it wasn’t just about the Canary Girls. There’s another group of badass women, the mothers of these girls, who start a rug-making co-op. I’d love a spinoff or novella dedicated to these housewives who were secretly business-savvy all along.

    In all, Girls at the Home Front is a heartwarming story of a close-knit community trying to make it through a war, both at enemy lines and at the home front in terms of dealing with life, relationships, and death. This book is a fresh reminder about all the warrior women from the ’40s and it goes to show that females are strong as hell. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves their badass women, war novels, and stories of love and unity in the time of adversity.

  5. Linda Zagon says:

    Annie Clarke, Author of “Girls on the Home Front” has written an intriguing, emotional, and intense novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. The story takes place in England around 1941, during World War Two, and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes the characters as neighbors and friends, who grow up together in the small village in England.

    Three of the young women who have been friends for years get work at what is called the “factory”. It would be treason to discuss the work that the people that work there do. It is not only physically dangerous but emotionally draining. The more difficult and dangerous a task, the more money the workers get. The young women working there rationalize they are doing their job at the home front for the war.

    The men still at home mostly work in the coal pits, which is also a dangerous job. Some have black lung, and those that go there also feel they are doing their job for their country at the home front. Their wives are sewing rugs and selling them.

    I appreciate that the author discusses the difference between wealthy people and those faced with poverty. I would recommend this intense novel for those readers who enjoy Historical Fiction during World War Two in England.

  6. mois reads says:


    I loved reading about Fran and Sarah and Beth and and there families why has it taken me so long to read it cant wait to start book 2 5 STARS.

  7. Nicki says:

    I really enjoyed this book. Coming from a mining family it was very interesting to read about the life of miners during ww2 which is when my granddad was mining. The story was interesting and the characters were great, Fran is definitely my favourite. I enjoyed reading the beginning of the next book which I am looking forward to very much, a great read. Highly recommend this book.

  8. Emma Crowley says:

    Girls on the Home Front is the first is a new series from Annie Clarke and it follows the ups and downs of a group of young women and their families during the war years. The women live in the village of Massingham, the focal point of which is the pit which sustains many a family although with this job it brings plenty of danger and worry on a daily basis. Now that war has broken out the women step into new roles they would never have thought possible pre-war. Fran, Sarah and Betty begin secret war work at a factory they are taken to by bus each day. But the results of this work are clear for all their families and the villagers to see so it is not so secret even though if anyone speaks of it there will be grave consequences.

    The story follows the group as they become accustomed to this new way of life working long shifts in the factory. We also get a very detailed insight into the lives of the men who work in the pit. In many of the previous war time family saga books that I have read the men only ever briefly feature as they are away fighting so it was different and refreshing to see that they played a more prominent role in this book. The war, although ever present in the hearts and minds of the villagers as it has an impact on their daily lives, didn't have a prominent role to play more so the focus was on how the women coped in the factory and the men in the mines.

    Fran had been a typist in an office but with her family situation at home changing and women needed to work in the factory she steps out of her comfort zone and into the fire alongside her friends Betty and Sarah. I thought all three of the girls alongside the numerous friends they make at the factory were very brave and deserved nothing but admiration. With the coming of war the roles of women had to change and it was evident they had to step out of their comfort zone. Of course they were nervous at the work they were undertaking but I thought the bonds they formed and the support they showed each other would hopefully be enough to see them weather any storms that came their way. They knew the work they were doing was all part of the process to help the many soldiers fighting to survive and to crush the enemy.

    The majority of the characters had known each other since childhood and were well accustomed to the men leaving for work each day and the worry that ensued in case an accident occurred in the mines but they always drew strength from each other and this shone through at every available opportunity throughout the book. Fran's relationship with Davey, who is obsessed with crosswords and setting them and who is also the brother of Sarah, felt very real and genuine but it is the son of the pit owner Ralph who tries to put a spanner in the works between the pair.

    Ralph was a character I just abhorred. He came from the upper echelons of society and viewed himself as above everyone else especially those common folk who worked in the pits. So god knows why he felt the need to join the men underground. If he saw it as presenting himself in a different light well he was wrong as a leopard never changes his spots. Ralph was cruel and devious and there was always an underlying tension when he was around. He loved to throw his weight around and his intentions never appeared to be genuine, I always felt there are ulterior motives at work here. I just hoped the rest of the gang both male and female would be able to see through his wicked ways and expose him for the cad and the fraud he so clearly was. I hated observing what was going on overall and even more so that Fran and co couldn't see it or weren't fully clued up to all the goings on. There was a fine line to thread but I did hope it would go in the direction I so desperately wished it too.

    There was lots of nice observations of the daily lives of everyone and after awhile I could see connections emerging between certain characters and I could see what direction story lines were going to go much further down the line but for the a good part of the book I felt there was a lack of excitement that could have propelled the book to a higher level and made it truly memorable.The various little subplots were enjoyable enough to read of but none truly caught my imagination and had me gripped. Truthfully it took me quite some time to get into this story and that was for several reasons. I found the language spoken by the characters took some getting used to. I understand the author wanted to make the book authentic and stick to the roots of the mining villages but I found the dialect difficult to understand at times. I thought it slowed down my pace of reading and engagement with the story as I found myself having to reread sentences more than once in order to comprehend everything and to make sure I wasn't missing out on any key information.

    There was no question that detailed and extensive research was undertaken prior to writing this book but perhaps there was just too much terminology surrounding the mines and the work the men did and the various sections within the mine and the equipment used. I would have loved to have had a glossary of terms associated with mining and the extraction of coal to refer back and forth to. It would have deepened my understanding and perhaps my understanding of the conversations would have occurred more quickly and I may have found the flow of the story easier. I wouldn't have had to stop reading and go and look things up. I just felt at times the story slightly strayed into a history text book when it came to mining and it lost track of the message and themes it was trying to convey.

    Reeling things back a little bit with regard to this aspect would have helped, yet saying that I didn't feel the same way when it came to describing the dangerous work undertaken by the girls as it was brief and to the point and the reader could easily see how important what they were doing was. The book only picked up for me around the three quarter mark as until then I found the pace to be very slow. As it is the first book in a planned series I realise there was a lot of introductions to be made, setting the scene and establishing various story-lines but it just dragged a bit too much before I finally began to see things coming together and then plenty of things were left hanging to ensure the reader would return for book two.

    Girls on the Home Front was a different take on the war time family saga books that I have become accustomed to. Despite the slow start, the readers patience will be rewarded as you do become invested in the goings on of each of the characters as their lives prove to be interesting and definitely testing both because of the war and the work they are engaging in. But also as there seems to be goings on outside of their control as they can't pin anything on anybody. I'm interested to see what will unfold in the next book Heroes on the Home Front which will be published in September this year. There are certainly plenty of cliffhangers that need resolution and I'd say a few more skeletons to emerge from the closet too. Overall, this was an average read to begin with but as the story and characters developed it became much better and I am glad I preserved with i

  9. Karen Cole says:

    Girls on the Home Front is the first book in Annie Clarke's new Factory Girls wartime saga series and I'm already hooked! From the very start, I was engrossed in the lives of Fran, Sarah, Beth and their families and as the book progressed I couldn't put this warm, authentic and compelling novel down.
    The novel opens on the three friends' first day working in a new factory and before they start, they are warned of the vital safety procedures and informed that their war work is top secret, meaning they aren't allowed to tell anybody about what it is they do. When they meet one of their supervisors, Mrs Raydon and realise she lost her hand after a mishap with a detonator, they begin to comprehend just how dangerous their new job really is. It's eye-opening and rather humbling to realise that these young women are only nineteen and yet are entrusted with these arduous and deeply risky tasks at a time when they should have been their most carefree.
    Girls on the Home Front is set in Massingham, a small pit village in the North East and alongside the dramas in the factory, it also features life in the mines and how much such an existence becomes integral to the very soul of the community sustained and shaped by it. Fran's father is angered by his daughter's decision to work in the factory, having hoped she'd find a job as a typist and at first, it does appear as if he is the archetypal short-tempered, patriarchal, head of the family. It soon becomes clear, however, that his harsh words are due to his fears for his beloved children and his hopes for something better - and safer - for them. This is wartime though, and his older children need to be able to hold their heads high and know that they are doing their bit too.
    Although the action takes place during 1941 when the war was at full swing, its impact on the book is mostly concerned with how it affects the decisions of some of the key characters. Nevertheless, there are women in the factory who have already lost loved ones and one of the three friends, Beth is missing her husband, Bob who is away serving at sea. However, this first instalment of the saga is certainly not short of action and readers will be left in little doubt as to the risks in both the factory and down the mines. The ever-present danger of pit collapses or accidental detonations in the factory means that the men and women part before their shifts with the poignant words, Be Safe but the long-term daily toll on their bodies is also vividly described. The men's bodies are covered with the blue scars caused by coal dust finding its way into any little cuts inflicted on them, many bear the damage of previous collapses, including Fran's brother, Stan and her sweetheart (and Sarah's brother), Davey whose knees mean they are considered unfit for active duty at the Front and so risk their lives at home instead. Their biggest fear, however, is black lung with every pitman agreeing that a quick death below rocks is preferable to the long and drawn-out demise after being diagnosed with the dreaded occupational hazard.
    Meanwhile, the women working at the factory turn yellow due to working with TNT, meaning that their supposedly secret work is obvious to everybody. They are also covered in painful, itchy rashes and the long, intense hours leave them exhausted to the point of collapse. Annie Clarke certainly leaves her readers in no doubt of just how difficult the work of these courageous, stoic men and women was. It's far from all doom and gloom though, and the camaraderie of the community and in particular the joy and strength the women gain from singing together ensures there are some lighter moments throughout to balance the daily worries and the times of greater anguish.
    Girls on the Home Front is a fabulous series opener and does exactly what a first book should to leave readers desperate for more. In my opinion, the story this time belongs to Fran who is a wonderful character and I loved seeing how she responds to the challenges she faces here. Sarah, Beth, Stan and Davey also have their own moments under the spotlight and I'm looking forward to seeing how they continue to come to terms with the unexpected changes to their hopes, dreams and expectations. Not all the characters leave such a good impression though and this review wouldn't be complete without a word about Ralph, son of the pit owner, whose long-borne grudge makes him the scourge of the gang of friends. It's still not entirely clear just what his motives are but I fear the worst and even in this book, there are plenty of scenes which left me desperate for his comeuppance. Massingham, the pit and the factory are all brought evocatively to life and are as important to the fabric of the novel as the people whose stories are told here.
    I know I'm invested in a series when it makes me experience a range of emotions and Girls on the Home Front did exactly that; I cheered, laughed, held my breath and wept alongside Fran, her family and friends. If you love sagas then I heartily recommend the Factory Girls and I can't wait to read the next book, Heroes on the Home Front to discover what lies in store for characters who I have already grown to care about.

  10. Sharon says:

    This is book #1 in the Factory Girls series. It follows the stories of three women who are left behind at home whilst the men serve their country fighting in Europe. Fran, and her best friends Sarah and Beth come from the small pit village of Massingham but when a new factory opens up, the three women feel it’s their duty to play their part in the war and sign up to work in the factory, no matter how dangerous this may be.

    This book not only gives us the story of Fran and her friends wanting to do something worthwhile for their country in the middle of the war, but also how difficult it was for the women who were left behind. I loved the characters, particularly Fran, and really connected with them all. The story is really well written and obviously well researched, showing us what awful and dangerous conditions these women had to work in. They certainly never had the same health and safety regulations that we have today! It also gives us a good insight as to what it was really like, not just that there was a war on, but both emotionally and financially for the families left behind. I couldn’t begin to imagine what they must have gone through, but this book gives me just a little glimpse into life at that time.

    As it’s based around the North East of England, that area does have quite a strong accent! The author has written it where the characters have strong Geordie accents, so the words and local dialect spellings are a bit confusing at first. I did find myself getting used to them though and in my head was talking perfect Geordie by the end of the book even though I come from the South East!

    All in all, this book was a heart-warming story of friendships, love and life. It also showed us the camaraderie which is often seen throughout these wartime books and the sacrifices that everybody made. The characters were genuine and engaging, and the story was captivating. By the end of the book you find yourselves so proud of these women and what they stood for! I can’t wait for the next book in the series to carry on their stories! Would definitely recommend!

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