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The Biscuit Girls by Hunter Davies
  

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A fascinating portrait of the people, especially the women who worked for Carr’s biscuits. A major employer in Carlisle and still there although trading as McVities, the many women to have worked on the factory floor have plenty of stories to tell about their involvement in a company that at its height produced 128 different kinds of biscuit. Hunter Davies has conducted many interviews with women who’ve worked at Carr’s since the 1940’s; their stories provide the backbone for this look into an industrial community.

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The Biscuit Girls by Hunter Davies

Ivy, Dulcie, Barbara, Ann, Dorothy and Jean all had different reasons for applying to work at Carr's biscuits, but once they had put on their overalls and walked through the factory gates they discovered a community full of life, laughter and friendship. To those who didn't know, the biscuit factory that towered over Carlisle might look like just another slice of the industrial North, a noisy and chaotic place with workers trooping in and out at all hours. For the biscuit girls it was a place where they worked hard, but also where they gossiped, got into scrapes and made lifelong friends. Outside the factory walls there might be difficult husbands or demanding kids, and sometimes even heartbreak and tragedy, but they knew there would always be an escape from their troubles at Carr's. Some, like Barbara, only applied because she needed the extra cash, until things got a bit easier at home. Her supervisor cross examined her about who would be looking after the kids while she was at work, but let her have the job. Like many of the women who joined up 'temporary' Barbara went on to stay at Carrs for 32 years. Beginning in the 1940s, these heartwarming and vividly-remembered stories have all been told by the women themselves to Hunter Davies.


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About the Author

Hunter Davies was born in Renfrew in 1936. He has written more than 40 books and, as a journalist he contributes to the Sunday Times and writes a weekly football column in the New Statesman. He is an avid collector of football memorabilia. He lives with his wife in the Lake District and in London.

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Publication date

15th July 2014

Author

Hunter Davies

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Publisher

Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Memoirs
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780091957643

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