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West End Girls by Barbara Tate
  

West End Girls

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A vivid and compelling memoir recounting the real lives, loves and friendship of 1940s Soho and its working girls. Reading like fiction it's utterly gripping.

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Synopsis

West End Girls by Barbara Tate

Barbara Tate was 17 when she heard the whispered word that would change her life: Soho. It would take four years for Barbara to escape her loveless home but when she finally made it to the forbidden streets of Soho - just as London was recovering from the trauma of the second world war - things would never be the same again. There the naive Barbara meets the beautiful and capricious Mae. When she takes a job as Mae's maid, Barbara imagines she'll be housekeeping. But down a shabby backstreet, Barbara discovers the secret lives of Soho's working girls. An astonishing world full of fierce friendships and bitter rivalries, dangerous men and desperate measures, Barbara soon learns that taking the money from a staggering supply of punters and making copious amounts of tea are only the bare essentials. She will need to be nursemaid, protector and confidante to impossible, adorable, self-destructive Mae.

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The memoir is beautifully written, occasionally rather shocking, but is hard to put down, and can be very funny indeed. * MUSEUM OF LONDON FRIENDS NEWS * In this affectionate and witty memoir [Tate] tells of her brief foray into the fantastical, untamed and gaudy world of prostitution. * DAILY EXPRESS *


About the Author

Barbara Tate

Barbara Tate was born in Southall in 1927. After she left her Soho life, Barbara went on to marry, raise a family and become a successful painter.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Artists and the Society of Botanical Artists, Barbara was a long-time president of the Society of Women Artists and lifetime honorary president. Accolades for her paintings include gold and silver medals from the Paris Salon, the Grand Prix de la Cote d'Azur and an honorary professorship from Thames University. Barbara died in 2009.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd March 2011

Author

Barbara Tate

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Author's Website

www.barbaratate.co.uk

Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Biography / Autobiography

Memoirs

ISBN

9781409120230

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