The thrilling, gripping and often painfully moving voices of those women who served alongside men in the Second World War - but were never called soldiers because they were women. Tessa Dunlop captures with verve, sensitivity and humour the indomitable spirit, the hardships and the emotion of these young women, many of them sheltered young girls, thrown overnight into the brutality of total war.
Wise, witty, compassionate and personal: Tessa Dunlop writes just the best kind of history about women.
You'll feel the shock of finding these amazing characters are still among us - I was gripped from the first page.
A fascinating and joyful read. It brushes aside simplistic myths about World War 2, uncovers the forgotten stories of women who served on the front line and makes us see British women's experience of war as it must really have been - messy, intense, sometimes absurd and very often heroic.