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The Palace of Strange Girls By Sallie Day

The Palace of Strange Girls
by Sallie Day

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I-SPY AT THE SEASIDE

Hello, children! Welcome to your very own I-Spy Book. In these pages you'll be able to look for all kinds of secret, exciting things that are found only by the sea.

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The Palace of Strange Girls Summary


The Palace of Strange Girls by Sallie Day

I-SPY AT THE SEASIDE

Hello, children! Welcome to your very own I-Spy Book. In these pages you'll be able to look for all kinds of secret, exciting things that are found only by the sea.

Blackpool, 1959. The Singleton family is on holiday. For seven-year-old Beth, just out of hospital, this means struggling to fill in her `I-Spy' book and avoiding her mother Ruth's eagle-eyed supervision. Her sixteen-year-old sister Helen, meanwhile, has befriended a waitress whose fun-loving ways hint at a life beyond Ruth's strict rules.

But times are changing. As foreman of the local cotton mill, Ruth's husband Jack is caught between unions and owners whose cost-cutting measures threaten an entire way of life. And his job isn't the only thing at risk. When a letter arrives from Crete, a secret re-emerges from the rubble of Jack's wartime past that could destroy his marriage.

As Helen is tempted outside the safe confines of her mother's stern edicts, with dramatic consequences, an unexpected encounter inspires Beth to forge her own path. Over the holiday week, all four Singletons must struggle to find their place in a shifting world of promenade amusements, illicit sex and stilted afternoon teas, in this touching and extraordinarily evocative novel.

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The Palace of Strange Girls Reviews


'A panoramic portrait of an English family in the 1950s ... charming.' Gloss magazine

'It is cleverly crafted work, effortlessly moving between grand design and minute detail and using both humour and pathos to stunning effect.' New Books

`This might just be the most delightful book you read this year: it's heroine, seven-year-old Beth Singleton, is charm itself.' Easy Living

'In 1959, the burgeoning freedom of the Sixties forces a crisis at the heart of the superficially stable Singleton family on their annual trip to Blackpool.' Times '50: The year's greatest paperbacks' by Nicolas Clee

About Sallie Day


Sallie Day began writing after her children left home. Her interest led her on to an M.A. from Manchester University. She was born in Lancashire and her father was Managing Director of several cotton mills. `The Palace of Strange Girls' was written in a tiny flat overlooking a Hindu Temple.

Additional information

GOR000471700
The Palace of Strange Girls by Sallie Day
Sallie Day
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2009-02-05
304
0007276079
9780007276073
Winner of Portico Prize for Literature: Fiction 2008
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.