Those Girls

Rushby, Pamela


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New, from award-winning historical novelist, Pamela Rushby, exploring the roles, and struggles, of women in wartime

The poster had a picture of a tanned, healthy girl, wearing a regulation uniform hat and shorts that were, surely, anything but regulation.
When Hilly volunteers for the Women’s Land Army in 1942, she’s sixteen years old. She expects to be picking sun-kissed fruit and bottle-feeding fluffy white lambs, all while she’s wearing a flattering outfit.

Travelling to farms across Queensland, Hilly encounters backbreaking work, but also friendship and fellowship with other Land Army girls, Aileen and Glad, all seeking independence for their own reasons. War is a chance for a life away from family and familiarity, offering adventure and romance. But the poster didn’t mention crutching sheep or 4 am starts. Or the prejudice they would face, and that some men needed to be fought off, rather than fought for. In the midst of adversity, Hilly finds exactly what she is capable of … and it might be more than she ever thought possible. She is one of ‘those girls with grit’.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Publication date: 03/04/2024

Staff review

Those Girls
By Pamela Rushby
Review by Genna

Sixteen year old Hilly has a prosperous career in writing ahead. However, hindered by the Second World War and her unsupportive parents, Hilly embraces the opportunity to join the Australian Land Army as a way to escape and contribute something useful to the war effort. Alongside her new friends Aisleen and Glad, they navigate friendships, relationships and the trials and tribulations of a new work force. A great piece of historical fiction which ultimately leaves Hilly choosing between two big decisions that will impact her future after the war.