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Secrets of the Sewing Bee

(2016)
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Secrets of the Sewing Bee tells the story of the defiant and courageous women on the home front, from Kate Thompson, author of Secrets of the Singer Girls.

Orphan Flossy Brown arrives at Trout's garment factory in Bethnal Green amidst the uncertainty of the Second World War. In 1940s London, each cobbled street is strewn with ghosts of soldiers past, all struggling to make ends meet. For the women of the East End, their battles are on the home front.

Flossy is quickly embraced by the colourful mix of characters working at Trout's, who have turned their sewing expertise to vital war work. They fast become the family that Flossy has always longed for.

Things aren't so easy for Peggy Piper, another new recruit at the factory. She's used to the high life working as a nippie in the West End, and is not best pleased to find herself bent over a sewing machine.

Dolly Doolaney, darling of the East End, sets up a sewing circle and the ladies at Trout's play their part in defending the frontline as they arm themselves with their needles and set about stitching their way to victory. But as the full force of the Blitz hits London, the sewing bee are forced to shelter in the underground tube stations on a nightly basis.

In such close quarters, can Dolly manage to contain the secret that binds them all? And how will Peggy and Flossy cope as their lives are shaped and moved by forces outside of their control?

Genre: Sagas

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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Secrets of the Sewing Bee
Author(s): Kate Thompson
ISBN: 1-4472-8088-1 / 978-1-4472-8088-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Secrets of the Sewing Bee
Author(s): Kate Thompson
Publisher: Lamplight Audio
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June 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Secrets of the Sewing Bee
Author(s): Kate Thompson
Publisher: Lamplight Audio
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June 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Secrets of the Sewing Bee
Author(s): Kate Thompson
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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Kindle Editions

March 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Secrets of the Sewing Bee
Author(s): Kate Thompson
Publisher: Macmillan
Availability: Amazon UK