Miss Carter's War

Miss Carter's War

Book - 2014
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It is 1948 and Britain is struggling to recover from the Second World War. Half French, half English, Marguerite Carter, young and beautiful, has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE behind enemy lines. Leaving her partisan lover she returns to England to be one of the first women to receive a degree from the University of Cambridge...Now she pins back her unruly auburn curls, draws a pencil seam up her legs, ties the laces on her sensible black shoes, belts her grey gabardine mac and sets out towards her future as an English teacher in a girls' grammar school. For Miss Carter has a mission - to fight social injustice, to prevent war and to educate her girls...Through deep friendships and love lost and found, from the peace marches of the fifties and the flowering of the Swinging Sixties, to the rise of Thatcher and the battle for gay rights, to the spectre of a new war, Sheila Hancock has created a powerful, panoramic portrait of Britain through the life of one very singular woman.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2014
ISBN: 9781408860243
1408860244
9781408829172
1408829177
Branch Call Number: FICTION HANCOCK SHEILA
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 24 cm

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Sep 17, 2017

A captivating read about social conditions and developments in Britain from post Warld War 2 through to the 90s from the perspective of a half English, half French school teacher profoundly affected by the war.
My motto is "If Sheila Hancock wrote it, it will be worth reading." It was.

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samtl1313
Feb 03, 2017

I loved how it spanned from Second World War to the the 90s. If you're watching Netflix's The Crown, this is a great contextual accompaniment to what was happening in the land the Queen governs.

LoganLib_Tahnee Jun 19, 2016

A beautiful journey through the life of Miss Cater, from the very beginning of her teaching career, through the hardships and trials of the school, then onto her ever enduring friendships and influences that she had over people who met her.

The characters are very likeable and easy to read. This is a must read kind of book

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