The Woolworths Girls
A heart-warming story of friendship, love and family set against the backdrop of WWII
The Woolworths Girls is a fascinating and well-researched fictional account of day-to-day life working at one of the country’s most iconic shops, told by a real ‘Woolworths Girl’.
Can romance blossom during times of trouble?
It’s 1938 and as the threat of war hangs over the country, Sarah Caselton is preparing for her new job at Woolworths. Before long, she forms a tight bond with two of her colleagues: the glamorous Maisie and shy Freda.
The trio couldn’t be more different, but they immediately form a close-knit friendship, sharing their hopes and dreams for the future.
Sarah soon falls into the rhythm of her new position, enjoying the social events hosted by Woolies and her blossoming romance with young assistant manager, Alan.
But with the threat of war clouding the horizon, the young men and women of Woolworths realize that there are bigger battles ahead.
It’s a dangerous time for the nation.
It’s a perilous time to fall in love . . .
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (5 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144729548X
- ISBN-13: 978-1447295488
Elaine Everest was a ‘Woolworths Girl’in the 1960s. Speaking of her time working there, Elaine has said ‘At that time, Woolworths was the place to work. The Woolies Saturday girls looked down on those who were not employed by the well-known chain of stores. We worked hard for our £1.00 – even though we only received 19 shillings and nine pence (old money!) as thruppence was deducted for that magical NI stamp. If we ‘worked the week’ in school holidays, we earned a whole five pounds and ten shillings for a five and a half days’ hard graft. Yes, I look back on those times with nostalgia but earning our first wage packet was an important milestone for us girls… But then it seems to be the same for many people who have told me that they too worked at Woolies. I only learnt recently that my sister–in–law and also a cousin’s wife worked their Saturdays at Erith Woolies in the Sixties, and yes they smiled too as they thought back to those days.’
Elaine was born and brought up in the North West of Kent and love to write stories set around Erith and Slade Green – places I know so well. It is heart-warming to know that many people look back with fondness to the town, the people and a life long gone.
Twenty years ago I moved a few miles away from Erith and now live in Swanley with my husband, Michael, and Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, where I write nostalgic stories set in and around the county.
The writing school: www.thewriteplace.org.uk
The Woolworths Girls is one of those books that as soon as you see the cover and peek inside you just know you are going to love it!