West End Girls

West End Girls

The Real Lives, Loves and Friendship of 1940s Soho and Its Working Girls

Large Print - 2001 | First Charnwood edition, complete and unabridged.
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Barbara Tate was twenty-one when she escaped from her loveless home to the forbidden streets of Soho. London after the Second World War would never be the same again. There the naive Barbara met the beautiful and capricious Mae. When she takes a job as Mae's maid, she imagines she'll be housekeeping. But down a shabby back street Barbara discovers the secret lives of Soho's working girls ... In an astonishing world of fierce friendships, bitter rivalries, dangerous men and desperate measures, Barbara soon learns that taking the punter's money and making tea are just the essentials. She will need to be nursemaid, protector and confidante to impossible, adorable, self-destructive Mae.
Publisher: Anstey [England] : F.A. Thorpe, 2001.
Edition: First Charnwood edition, complete and unabridged.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781444807301
Branch Call Number: Large Print 306.742 TAT
Characteristics: 366 pages (large print) ;,24 cm.


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Feb 28, 2015

This is a hard to put down book. Beautifully written, in the same style as "Call the Midwife". It is a first hand account of life in London's Soho in the 1940s. For two years Barbara Tate was the "maid" for the "Queen of Soho", a stylish personable prostitute before moving on and carving out a successful career as an artist. Unfortunately Barbara died just before her book was published in 2010. I loved it.

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