Karen Farrington

The Angel of Englemere
  • The Angel of Englemere

  • Pre-order now to discover the inspiring, uplifting true story of a group of London girls dispatched to a children's home in rural England during the Blitz, and meet the formidable matron who transformed their lives

    Life in Britain between the two world wars was arduous and daunting. Working people laboured to stave off the spectres of disease, hunger and homelessness, and against this troubled backdrop, children inevitably came off worst.

    This is the true story of a group of poor London girls who, to escape the merciless bombing of the Luftwaffe, were dispatched to a children's home in Ascot. Where once they heard the throb of railways and tasted the smoke of locomotives, now there was birdsong and a whole new set of escapades to enjoy. And under the care of the formidable but kindly Matron Doris Bailey - the Angel of Englemere - the lives of the girls were utterly transformed.

    Through first-hand accounts from the surviving girls, their stories and anecdotes shed light on life at the time - from the emotional upheaval of evacuation, rationing and royalty, love and loss, and adventures on the royal grounds of their new home - recounting the people who came into the orbit of girls, from princesses to socialites, and above all, the work of one woman who helped save a generation.

Karen Farrington is a writer and former journalist whose published work includes titles on social and military history, together with a range of non-fiction TV companion books. Her most recent work includes the bestselling series of books from The Repair Shop. She also worked as lead researcher for The Life and Times of Call The Midwife, the companion to series one and two of the BBC series. She lives in Devon.

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