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Comforts For The Troops

Comforts For The Troops

by Fiona Joseph

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A compelling novel tracing the impact of the First World War on the lives of three ordinary women working at a chocolate factory in Birmingham, UK.

After marrying Bill, housewife Jessie Paignton thought she'd left the Cadbury chocolate factory at Bournville for good. But money problems force her to return to work to make ends meet. Before long, however, her marriage is tested to breaking point.

Long-serving employee Leonora Lime secretly longs for the forewoman's job. When war starts in 1914, she seizes the chance to display her leadership qualities by rallying the girls to pack 'Comforts' for the soldiers. But her plan to impress the Cadbury directors unexpectedly – and tragically – backfires.

Meanwhile, vivacious Cadbury girl Mary Morris doesn't have a care in the world – or so it seems. Despite trying to protect her beloved Daniel, he ends up in grave danger. Mary enlists the help of a Friends Ambulance Unit volunteer. But will it be enough to save Daniel?

A heartwarming yet gritty tale of love, work and friendship.

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BN ID: 2940157772659
Publisher: Fiona Joseph
Publication date: 02/19/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Fiona Joseph blends her twin passions of 20th century history and storytelling to write books and give talks about hidden stories from the past which aim to entertain, surprise and (she hopes) inspire.

She is the author of two works inspired by the famous Cadbury chocolate manufacturers at Bournville, Birmingham (UK) founded by the Quaker capitalist brothers, Richard and George Cadbury.

The biography ‘BEATRICE The Cadbury Heiress Who Gave Away Her Fortune’ (2012) tells the compelling true story of the radical Cadbury daughter, who gave her inherited company shares to the Bournville workers in pursuit of a fairer society.

Fiona’s fact-inspired novel ‘Comforts For The Troops’ (2015) brings to vivid life the trials and tribulations of Cadbury women workers in World War One.

Fiona is a popular public speaker with a busy speaking schedule. Her talks on the background to her Cadbury books have entertained more than 200 audiences at literary festivals, libraries and reading groups, historical societies and membership groups like the Women’s Institute and the University of the Third Age.

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