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Publisher Description

From the bestselling author of The Land Girls comes a beautifully realised 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...


'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

Fiction & Literature
1 September
HQ Fiction
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Leggy from Down Under ,

Delightful read

This is a story beautifully written about women left behind during the later years of WW2 in Australia. It’s also about hope & the fight for equality & recognition in a male dominated world & that these stoic talented women never gave up, be it in the workforce or in the home. I o be a delightful interesting read in very troubled sad times in history.

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