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The Women's Pages

By: Victoria Purman
Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Land Girls comes a beautifully realized novel that speaks to the true history and real experiences of post-war Australian women.

Sydney 1945 The war is over, the fight begins.

The war is over and so are the jobs (and freedoms) of tens of thousands of Australian women. The armaments factories are making washing machines instead of bullets and war correspondent Tilly Galloway has hung up her uniform and been forced to work on the women's pages of her newspaper—the only job available to her—where she struggles to write advice on fashion and make-up. 

As Sydney swells with returning servicemen and the city bustles back to post-war life, Tilly finds her world is anything but normal. As she desperately waits for word of her prisoner-of-war husband, she begins to research stories about the lives of the underpaid and overworked women who live in her own city. Those whose war service has been overlooked; the freedom and independence of their war lives lost to them.

Meanwhile Tilly's waterside worker father is on strike, and her best friend, Mary, is struggling to cope with the stranger her own husband has become since being liberated from Changi a broken man. As strikes rip the country apart and the news from abroad causes despair, matters build to a heart-rending crescendo. Tilly realises that for her the war may have ended, but the fight is just beginning....

Praise

"A richly crafted novel that graphically depicts life during those harrowing years. A touching tale and an enthralling read." (Reader's Digest)

"A powerful and moving book." (Canberra Weekly)

©2020 Victoria Purman (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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An interesting insight

An enjoyable story full of insight into the lives of women during WW2. Beautifully written prose and the narration did it justice.

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Great story

Great story which also provides a rich history of WWII- like the real day to day approach of the story and the interweave of real and fictional characters

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easy listening

good narration, very interesting insight into wartime Sydney.
covers social issues at a personal level.

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Beautiful Story

Another beautifully written story by Victoria.
I couldn’t put it down. Makes you appreciate all we have.

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Woman’s pages

This book is excellent was sad when I finished it. Wanted to continue to read about Tilly Galloway hopefully the author will write another. Really realistic depiction of what it like to be a war time bride and a working woman in the 40s highly recommend

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What A Read

Just loved this book. Couldn’t wait to listen. A wonderful telling of Sydney during the war. Real women, real lives. Can’t wait for the next book from this very talented author.

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Amazing voice performance

Jennifer Vuletic delivered a tremendous performance in this reading. The different characterisations were almost flawless.

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