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The Bobby Girls

(2019)
(The first book in the Bobby Girls series)
A novel by

 
 
'Johanna Bell has hit the jackpot with this striking WW1 story' - Jenny Holmes, author of The Spitfire Girls

1914. While their men fight in France, at home in Britain women are finally seizing the opportunity to make a difference . . .



Maggie and her new friends Annie, Irene and Sarah come from very different backgrounds, but they've got one thing in common: they've all signed up for the Women Police Volunteers. They can't wait to show the men just what they're made of.

But soon, Maggie realises she's in over her head. Hiding her involvement with the WPV from her tyrannous father is becoming ever more difficult, and when she bumps into an old acquaintance with a big chip on his shoulder, the dangers of her new life become all too clear . . .

As Maggie and the girls work together to find their feet on the beat, will their friendship get her through the darkest of times?

A gritty, uplifting new saga series about the first ever female police officers, set at the outbreak of the First World War - perfect for fans of Dilly Court, Daisy Styles and Call the Midwife.



Praise for THE BOBBY GIRLS:

Filled with richly drawn characters that leap from the page, and aplot that's so well researched and well written you will believe you are in the thick of wartime policing, The Bobby Girls is a must-read for all saga fans.' - Fiona Ford, bestselling author of Christmas at Liberty's

'I really enjoyed reading about Britain's first female police officers. A lot of research has gone into this book and it's all the richer and more readable for it. An exciting new voice in women's fiction.' - Kate Thompson, bestselling author of Secrets of the Singer Girls

'I really did enjoy The Bobby Girls. It has a lovely warm feeling about it and is excellently written.' - Maureen Lee, RNA award-winning author of Dancing in the Dark

'A well-researched and interesting story giving a great insight into early women's policing.' - Anna Jacobs, bestselling author of the Ellindale series

'Written with warmth and compassion, the novel gives fascinating insights into the lives of three courageous young women.' - Margaret Kaine, RNA award-winning author of Ring of Clay

'Johanna Bell has hit the jackpot with this striking WW1 story. The author places the focus firmly on the girls' growth into independent members of society in a rapidly changing world. It's a heartening central message conveyed with verve and empathy and remains relevant to today's readers, both young and old.' - Jenny Holmes, author of The Spitfire Girls

'This is a story that needed to be told. As a former Special Constable, I love Johanna Bell from the bottom of my heart for giving a voice to the women who first made a way for me and countless others like me - to work as real police officers in the service of our communities.' - Penny Thorpe, author of The Quality Street Girls

'A lovely story! The author has researched the era and the theme very well. The characters stood out on the page and through their eyes you are transported back to a different age.' - AnneMarie Brear, author of Beneath a Stormy Sky

Genre: Sagas

Praise for this book

"A lovely story! The author has researched the era and the theme very well. The characters stood out on the page and through their eyes you are transported back to a different age." - AnneMarie Brear

"This fantastic debut from Johanna Bell is a wonderfully warm story of courage, friendship and grit. Filled with richly drawn characters that leap from the page, and a plot that's so well researched and well written you will believe you are in the thick of wartime policing. The Bobby Girls is a must read for all saga fans." - Fiona Ford

"Johanna Bell has hit the jackpot with this striking WW1 crime story set in 1914 when women special constables first appeared on the streets of London. The central characters are strongly established early on as the young women who volunteer to patrol the streets. Alongside their crime solving role, the author places the focus firmly on the girls' growth into independent members of society in a rapidly changing world. It's a heartening central message conveyed with verve and empathy and remains relevant to today's readers, both young and old." - Jenny Holmes

"A well-researched and interesting story giving a great insight into early women's policing." - Anna Jacobs

"Written with warmth and compassion, the novel gives fascinating insights into the lives of three courageous young women." - Margaret Kaine

"I really did enjoy The Bobby Girls. It has a lovely warm feeling about it and is excellently written." - Maureen Lee

"I really enjoyed reading about Britain's first female police officers. A lot of research has gone into this book and it's all the richer and more readable for it. An exciting new voice in women's fiction." - Kate Thompson

"This is a story that needed to be told. As a former Special Constable, I love Johanna Bell from the bottom of my heart for giving a voice to the women who first made a way for me ? and countless others like me - to work as real police officers in the service of our communities. Let us not forget the fight that these women had just to be allowed to put on the uniform, and do what was right; in their own small way, the first Bobby Girls changed the world for women everywhere." - Penny Thorpe


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Used availability for Johanna Bell's The Bobby Girls

Paperback Editions

October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bobby Girls: Book One in a gritty, uplifting new WW1 series about Britain's first ever female police officers
Author(s): Johanna Bell
ISBN: 1-5293-3085-8 / 978-1-5293-3085-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Bobby Girls
Author(s): Johanna Bell
ISBN: 1-4079-8447-0 / 978-1-4079-8447-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Bobby Girls
Author(s): Johanna Bell
ISBN: 1-4079-8448-9 / 978-1-4079-8448-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bobby Girls: The Bobby Girls, Book 1
Author(s): Johanna Bell
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon   


October 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Bobby Girls: The Bobby Girls, Book 1
Author(s): Johanna Bell
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Bobby Girls: The Bobby Girls, Book 1
Author(s): Johanna Bell
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bobby Girls: The Bobby Girls, Book 1
Author(s): Johanna Bell
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Bobby Girls: Book One in a gritty, uplifting new WW1 series about Britain's first ever female police officers
Author(s): Johanna Bell
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


October 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Bobby Girls: Book One in a gritty, uplifting new WW1 series about Britain's first ever female police officers
Author(s): Johanna Bell
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU