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Leo's Girl

Forbidden love and divided loyalties in wartime London

By Victor Pemberton

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In Leo's Girl, Victor Pemberton writes a gripping saga of class divisions and forbidden love, set against the backdrop of the Second World War.

For Peggy, the war opens more than one door...

Victor Pemberton writes a compelling saga in Leo's Girl, a story of class divisions, romance and the Second World War. Perfect for fans of Dee Williams and Dilly Court.

'Lights down, tucked up snug you can almost hear air raid sirens as Pemberton spins another superb story of London folk during wartime' - Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Twenty-six-year old Peggy Thornton is a middle-class girl living in the heart of working-class Islington. Although she loves her parents, Peggy has always felt her home life to be narrow and claustrophobic so, when women are urged to help on the home front after the outbreak of the Second World War, she starts training as a conductor on a London Transport bus.

Her parents are both appalled; it's hardly a fitting position for the daughter of a local magistrate. It is not just Peggy's parents who make her life difficult. Many of the bus crew haven't adjusted to women from their own class working let alone the likes of Peggy. And her relationship with Leo, who is most definitely from the wrong part of town, serves to create further tensions. It is only when the real enemy strikes, and a bomb explodes in the path of a bus, that these petty differences are cast aside, but, for some, it's too late to say sorry.

What readers are saying about Victor Pemberton:

'Always a good and enjoyable read'

'An excellent read, [Victor Pemberton's] stories are always very authentic'

'Five stars'

Biographical Notes

Victor Pemberton is a successful radio playwright and TV producer, and has worked with some of the great names of entertainment, including Benny Hill and Dodie Smith, had a longstanding correspondence with Stan Laurel and scripted and produced many of the BBC`s `Dr Who` series. In recent years he has worked as a producer for Jim Henson, and set up his own production company, whose first TV documentary won an Emmy Award.

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  • ISBN: 9780755392513
  • Publication date: 24 May 2012
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  • Imprint: Headline
Praise for Victor Pemberton: Lights down, tucked up snug you can almost hear air raid sirens as Pemberton spins another superb story of London folk during wartime — Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Peopled with strong, sincere and appealing characters — Coventry Evening Telegraph
A warm, poignant story — Plymouth Evening Herald
An evocative tale — Northern Echo
Heart-warming saga of working class life — Manchester Evening News
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