Promoted from humble seamstress to glamorous model in a top London fashion store, Annabel is transported to a world of cocktails, luxurious cars, Elizabethan mansions - and back-biting jealousy. Miss Streatfeild, who did her own stint as a mannequin, presents a convincing behind-the-scenes picture of exhaustion, boredom, enforced camaraderie and wonderfully acerbic bitchiness. Sustained by glasses of port and bromo-seltzers, the girls are on the edge of Society; still regarded as the equivalent of chorus-girls, they are good for a dinner-date or weekend rendezvous but not for marriage. Annabel comes from a happy down-to-earth and hard-working family, brought up by the eminently wise Ethel to know right from wrong. So can her romance with a Lord really be doomed?
Used availability for Noel Streatfeild's Clothes-Pegs
May 2009 : UK Paperback