The Butlins Girls

Author: Elaine Everest

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 144729551X

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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A warm and comforting read, set against the nation's favourite holiday camp, from bestselling author of The Woolworths Girls 'Molly Missons gazed around in awe. So this was Butlin's. Whitewashed buildings, bordered by rhododendrons, gave a cheerful feeling to a world still recovering from six years of war. The Skegness holiday camp covered a vast area, much larger than Molly expected to see.' Molly Missons hasn't had the best of times recently. Having lost her parents, now some dubious long-lost family have darkened her door - attempting to steal her home and livelihood... After a horrendous ordeal, Molly applies for a job as a Butlin's Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small home town - in search of a new life in Skegness. Molly finds true friendship in Freda, Bunty and Plum. But the biggest shock is discovering that star of the silver screen, Johnny Johnson, is working at Butlin's as head of the entertainment team. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent traumas. Will Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs - or is he too good be to be true?

The Woolworths Girls

Author: Elaine Everest

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 144729548X

Category: Friendship

Page: 448

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BOOK 1 IN THE WOOLWORTHS SERIES1939. On her first day at Woolworths, Sarah Caselton meets glamorous Maisie and shy Freda. The trio couldn't be more different but they soon form a tight-knit friendship, sharing their hopes and dreams for the future.Sarah falls into the warmth and rhythm of her new job, enjoying the social events hosted by Woolies and her blossoming romance with the young assistant manager, Alan.But history waits for no one, and with the threat of war clouding the horizon, the young men and women of Woolworths soon realize they may not have the luxury of a carefree youth or the time to fall in love . . . The Woolworths Girls is a heart-warming tale of friendship, family and hope in the face of war.PRAISE FOR THE WOOLWORTHS GIRLS"Heartwarming ... a must-read." Woman's Own"A lovely read." Bella

A Gift from Woolworths

Author: Elaine Everest

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509892532

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Will the war be over by Christmas? As the war moves into 1945 the lives of the women of Woolworths continue. When store manager, Betty Billington, announces she is expecting Douglas’s baby her future life is about to change more than she expects. Freda has fallen in love with the handsome Scottish engineer but will it end happily? Maisie loves being a mother and also caring for her two nieces although she still has her own dreams. When her brother appears on the scene he brings unexpected danger to the family. Meanwhile Sarah dreams of her husband’s return and a cottage with roses around the door but Woolworths beckons. Will our girls sail into times of peace, or will they experience more heartache and sorrow? With a wedding on the horizon, surely only happiness lies ahead – or does it? A Gift from Woolworths is the next installment in Elaine Everest's much-loved Woolworths series.

Wish You Were Here

Author: Lynn Russell,Neil Hanson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780750540544

Category: Camp sites, facilities, etc

Page: 406

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When Billy Butlin founded his holiday camps in 1936, they were bastions of community spirit and havens of luxury. Here, for one week, wives and mothers were freed from the toil and drudgery of housework, children ran free through the grounds, fathers and husbands hung up their work clothes. Rich in period detail and highly evocative, this book follows the lives of five of the camps' key figures through the highs and lows of the holiday season: from redcoats searching for stardom to young families who returned year after year, to pensioners who rediscovered an inner youth.

Wartime at Woolworths

Author: Elaine Everest

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 150984368X

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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The Woolworths girls have come a long way together . . . Fun loving Maisie, is devoted to her young family and her work at Woolworths. But her happy life with her RAF officer husband, their baby daughter leads her to think of the family she left behind . . . With the war now into its fourth year, what will she find when she sets about searching for them? Sarah and her husband, Alan, are blissfully happy and long for a sibling for their daughter. But dark days lay ahead for this close family. Freda heads home to Birmingham, to go in search of her family, back to the life she fled – far from the safety of Woolworths and her new friends. With families’ separated by war, will the Woolworths girls be able to pull together? Wartime at Woolworths is the third moving installment in the much-loved Woolworths series by bestselling author Elaine Everest.

An Illustrated History of Butlins

Author: Derek Tait

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445611376

Category: Photography

Page: 96

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This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Butlins has changed and developed over the last century.

The Nation's Host

Butlin's and the Story of the British Seaside

Author: Kathryn Ferry

Publisher: Portfolio

ISBN: 9780241291818

Category:

Page: 320

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In 1936, with the opening of his first holiday camp in Skegness, Billy Butlin laid the foundations for a new era in the history of the British seaside. Today, his legacy still lives on as Butlin's celebrates its 80th year as an iconic British institution. The Nation's Host charts the incredible inside story of Butlin's, from its origins in a British society still reeling from the economic downturn of the 1920s, to its heyday in the mid-twentieth century and the challenges posed by the arrival of overseas package holidays. Lavishly illustrated throughout with timeless images from the Butlin's archives, many of which have never been seen before, this is a unique insight into the history of a company long synonymous with the British seaside holiday.

The Billy Butlin Story

A Showman to the End

Author: Sir Billy Butlin

Publisher: Robson Books Limited

ISBN: 9780860518648

Category: Businessmen

Page: 287

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This is the story of Billy Butlin both before he opened his first holiday camp at Skegness in 1936, and after, including his childhood in South Africa, his travels with West Country fairs in England and emigration to Canada, through his wartime experiences and extraordinary business career.

Reveal: Robbie Williams

Author: Chris Heath

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1911600265

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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'It's much more interesting to be a little bit broken and talk about your vulnerabilities.' An intimate, funny and frank account of the moments behind the music, the truth behind the headlines and the fascinatingly complicated man behind the imperious entertainer, Robbie Williams. Bestselling author Chris Heath has been working closely with Robbie for many years to create a personal and raw account of fame, fortune, family and music. This vivid and detailed portrait shows the real highs and lows of Robbie's life as he found his way forward, one that is unprecedented in its intimacy and honesty. Long-awaited by millions, Reveal is the uncensored and compelling portrait of Robbie as you've never seen him before.

The Kingdom by the Sea

A Journey Around the Coast of Great Britain

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241958822

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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After eleven years living as an American in London, Paul Theroux set out to travel clockwise round the coast and find out what Britain and the British are really like. It was 1982, the summer of the Falklands War and the royal baby, and the ideal time, he found, to surprise the British into talking about themselves. The result is vivid and absolutely riveting reading. ‘A sharp and funny descriptive writer. One of his golden talents, perhaps because he is American and therefore classless in British eyes, is the ability to chat up and get on with all sorts ...’ The Times.

Our True Intent Is All for Your Delight

The John Hinde Butlin's Photographs

Author: John Hinde,Martin Parr

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905712205

Category: Photography

Page: 127

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The John Hinde Butlins photographs are a glorious moment in the story of British photography. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the John Hinde Studio, based in Dublin, produced a series of postcards to be sold at Butlins holiday camps throughout the British Isles. Famous for their hi-de-hi catchphrase, redcoat hosts, and bargain packages with all entertainment included, this was Butlins heyday. Throughout the 1970s, over a million Britons had a holiday at Butlins each year. With innovative use of colour and elaborate staging (the trademarks of a John Hinde postcard), it was the challenging job of two German (Elmar Ludwig and Edmund Nägele) and one British photographer (David Noble) to execute the photographs to Hindes rigorous formula and standards. Each photograph is elaborately stage managed, with often large casts of real holidaymakers acting their allocated roles in these narrative tableaux of the Butlins quiet lounges, ballrooms and Beachomber bars. Shot with large format cameras, and lit like a film set, the production of these photographs were an extraordinary undertaking. The images helped John Hinde become one of the most successful postcard publishers in the world. Most of the John Hinde Butlins photographs have only ever been published as postcards. The book and exhibition photographs are reproduced from the original large format Ektachromes. They prove to be some of the strongest images of their era.

Butlin's

75 Years of Fun!

Author: Sylvia Endacott,Shirley Lewis

Publisher: History Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780752458632

Category: Great Britain

Page: 128

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After successfully developing a series of funfairs, Billy Butlin progressed to opening holiday centres and hotels across the UK to provide families with an inexpensive but entertaining holiday. Over the years these centres first expanded and then declined in number due to changes in our preferences for types of holiday. Now boasting spa hotels, the resorts are very different from the chalets of yesteryear. However, the original slogan ‘Our True Intent is all for Your Delight’ is fondly remembered by all of the original holidaymakers, whether they enjoyed one trip to a holiday centre or still make an annual pilgrimage with their families. This nostalgic selection of images, many published here for the first time, illustrates the history of the various camps and hotels, including all of the things we associate with this most British of establishments. From Redcoats to water worlds, and from the Glamorous Grandmothers competitions to National Talent contests, this book provides an enjoyable and nostalgic trip down memory lane for all who know and love Butlin’s, allowing us a glimpse into the social history of this quintessential British holiday.

10 Things Girls Need Most: To grow up strong and free

Author: Steve Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008146802

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 208

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This epub is currently best viewed on a tablet or a colour e-reader. In answer to the crisis in girls’ mental health, the UK’s bestselling parenting author Steve Biddulph brings an interactive learning guide rich in content and interactive elements to help parents be prepared and self-aware in providing for their daughters.

The Girl Who Just Appeared

Author: Jonathan Harvey

Publisher: Pan

ISBN: 174353356X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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London 2014. Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she's always felt she was someone with no history, the girl who just appeared. All she has is the address of where she was born - 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. By a bizarre twist of fate Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent. She travels north and moves in. When she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers under the floorboards, she wonders if this might hold the secret to her past. Liverpool 1981. Fifteen-year-old Darren negotiates life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is bringing up. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life. Flitting between the present and the past, we discover how Darren and Holly's lives become intertwined. Will Holly uncover the secrets of her past? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?

Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams

Author: Mary Gibson

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 1784973327

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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Wonderful new drama from the bestselling author of CUSTARD TARTS AND BROKEN HEARTS. He promised her the earth. She found herself in hell. Handsome Frank Rossi took Matty Gilbie away from her working class roots in Bermondsey, East London and promised her fame and fortune. In America, the Cockney Canary would become a movie star. As his wife, she would be half of a power couple, fêted and adored by all. But the Wall Street Crash of 1929 puts paid to all that, and as Frank becomes more violent and unstable, Matty flees in the dead of night. Once home in Bermondsey, she goes into hiding and starts desperately looking for work. But only Peak Freans, the hated biscuit factory, is hiring staff. Then, as a secret from her past comes back to haunt her, Matty learns that Frank is on the move, determined to find her and get her back. What people are saying about BOURBON CREAMS AND TATTERED DREAMS: 'What an exciting and dramatic book this is!' 'A heartwarming story, with lots of charm and character' 'A heartfelt story about following your dreams, giving it your all and what happens when it all falls apart' 'This book should not be missed'

Diamonds and Pearls

A Sparkling Collection of Short Stories

Author: N.A

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1682990796

Category: Fiction

Page: 249

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A sparkling collection of short stories by many of the UK's best known magazine writers. Read any women's magazine and the names in this book are bound to be there. Women connected by fiction and their love of words who have joined together to support the awareness and treatment of breast cancer by the way they know best - the short story. The book has been compiled by author Elaine Everest to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her survival from breast cancer. Diamonds and Pearls includes stories by Penny Alexandra Teresa Ashby Linda Barrett Kelly Rose Bradford Francesca Burgess Catherine Burrows June Crowe Elaine Everest Kelly Florentia Della Galton Lynne Hackles Vivien Hampshire Sue Houghton Dawn Hudd Vanda Inman Angela Johnson Caroline Jones Sophie King Linda Lewis Lisa Main Kath McGurl Sue Moorcroft Sally Quilford Geraldine Ryan Gerry Savill Glynis Scrivens Jill Steeples Ginny Swart Katharine Swartz Fran Tracey Christine Webb Jane Wenham-Jones Ann West Paula Williams A donation from the sale of each book will go to the Against Breast Cancer charity Registered charity no 1121258

The Girl in the Painted Caravan

Memories of a Romany Childhood

Author: Eva Petulengro

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447200136

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Born into a Romany gypsy family in 1939, Eva Petulengro’s childhood seemed to her to be idyllic in every way. She would travel the country with her family in their painted caravan and spend evenings by the fire as they sang and told stories of their past. She didn’t go to school or visit a doctor when she was unwell. Instead her family would gather wild herbs to make traditional remedies, hunt game and rabbits, and while the men tended horses to make a living, the young girls would join the women in reading palms. But Eva’s perfect world would be turned upside down as the countryside became increasingly hostile to all travellers. Eva describes the wonderful characters in her family, from her grandfather ‘Naughty’ Petulengro to her four beautiful aunts who entranced everyone they met, as well as the fascinating people they came across on the road. Moving, evocative, romantic and funny, The Girl in the Painted Caravan vividly captures a way of life that has now, sadly, all but disappeared.

The Telephone Girls

Author: Jenny Holmes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473542324

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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1936. George Street, West Yorkshire, houses a gleaming, brand-new telephone exchange where a group of capable girls works the complicated electrical switchboards. Among them are Cynthia, Norma and Millicent, who relish the busy, efficient atmosphere and the independence and friendship their jobs have given them. But when Millicent connects a telephone call for an old friend, and listens in to the conversation - breaking one of the telephonists' main rules - she, and then Norma and Cynthia too, become caught up in a story of scandal, corruption and murder. Soon, the jobs of all three girls are on the line. Norma’s romance is in ruins. And Millicent has entered a world of vice . . . In tough times, the telephone girls will need to call on their friends more than ever. A wonderful story of camaraderie, friendship and triumph over adversity that fans of Daisy Styles, Donna Douglas and Call the Midwife will adore.

The Mum-Minder

Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 140704348X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 96

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I'm Sadie and I'm nearly nine. Mum's a childminder, but she doesn't have to mind me. I can mind myself, easy-peasy. Lucky for Mum, because now she's got the flu, so I've got to mind her - and help with all the babies!

Gracie's War

Author: Elaine Everest

Publisher: Linford Romance

ISBN: 9781444824766

Category: Large type books

Page: 288

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Britain is at war - but young Gracie Sayers and her best friend Peggy are determined they will still have fun, enjoying cinema trips and dances with Peggy's young man Colin and her cousin Joe. However, there is something shifty about Joe, and Gracie finds she much prefers Colin's friend, the kind and decent Tony. Then, one night, a terrible event changes everything. Now Tony is away at war - and Gracie is carrying the wrong man's child...