Not even the Blitz will stop the shop girls…The perfect, uplifting book to curl up with this spring
‘Such a good read!’ 5* Goodreads reviewer
It’s 1941 and as the air raid sirens blare, Lily Collins is starting work in Midlands department store Marlow’s. She learns the ropes from her sophisticated boss Miss Frobisher alongside shy fellow junior Gladys. But her friendship with young salesman Jim draws her into a swirl of secrets. And with the war progressing to crisis point, Cedric Marlow and his staff must battle nightly bombings and the absence of loved ones to keep going.
A Store at War weaves together a strong sense of community with a vivid evocation of a time when every man, woman and child was doing their bit.
‘Cheerful and uplifting… I enjoyed it immensely’ Katie Fforde
‘Highly recommended’ Anna Jacobs
'A real page-turner with a spirited heroine…A sparkling new voice in fiction' Sunday Times bestseller Veronica Henry
‘Captivating…a triumphant debut novel’ Women’s Weekly
‘Highly recommended – an engrossing story with a charmingly forthright heroine’ Anna Jacobs
'A real page-turner with a spirited heroine…A sparkling new voice in fiction.' Veronica Henry
‘Cheerful and uplifting…I enjoyed it immensely’ Katie Fforde
About the author
Joanna Toye joined the production team of The Archers after reading English at university, and became a scriptwriter for the programme for over twenty years. She has also written a number of spin-off books about the long-running radio drama. On television she has written for Crossroads, Family Affairs, Doctors and EastEnders.