Rosie Archer - Quercus

Rosie Archer



Rosie Archer was born in Gosport, Hampshire, where she still lives. She has had a variety of jobs including waitress, fruit picker, barmaid, shop assistant and market trader selling second-hand books. Rosie is the author of The Munitions Girls, The Canary Girls, The Factory Girls and The Gunpowder and Glory Girls as well as a series of gangster sagas under the name June Hampson.
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The Bluebird Girls

Rosie Archer
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Rosie Archer

Hampshire, 1939, and three women are about to get the break of a lifetime.Jo, Gertie and Ada all loved singing but they weren't expecting much when they joined their local choir: a bit of companionship, a few laughs, an excuse for an evening out. They certainly weren't expecting to be spotted by a talent manager (a friend of Jo's husband) and made into a proper singing group, The Bluebirds.Soon they are off on a tour of army and navy camps around the UK. It's everything the girls could ever have dreamed of - sharing their talented with brave and handsome servicemen, and seeing the country. But if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. When the Bluebirds' dream job turns into a nightmare, it will be the bonds of friendship that see them through their darkest hour.

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The Narrowboat Girls

Rosie Archer
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Rosie Archer

When the Second World War takes Britain's men away to fight, it is women who step up to fill the jobs left behind. From farms to factories, no job is too back-breaking, and for many women it offers their first real chance at independence.Two such women from very different backgrounds find themselves working on the narrowboats - piloting freights round southern England's network of canals. One is a solicitor's wife, still smarting from the humiliation of her husband leaving her for his secretary. The other is a young working-class woman glad to find an excuse to get away from her violent boyfriend.Life on the canals is hard, and breaking into such a close-knit community can be tough - especially when the remaining male works are sure women aren't up to the job. But though these women start out as strangers, they will forge a bond of friendship that will take them through the darkest hours.

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The Girls from the Local

Rosie Archer
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Rosie Archer

Gosport, Hampshire 1943, and even in the middle of war the local pub provides a warm welcome, thanks to its trio of barmaids. Ruby has been living and working at the Point of No Return pub since her parents were killed by a bomb. She loves the bustle of the pub; it helps take her mind off worrying about her fiance, Joe, away fighting in France.The only thing Ruby doesn't like about the Point is Sylvie. This singing siren may have a beautiful voice, but she's out for all she can get, including Joe.Finally, there's Marge, a true party girl. She's a great friend to Ruby and makes sure they have fun, going out to dances and flirting with all and sundry, but she's not as fond of her other role as a mother to two young children.The three of them face many obstacles to fulfilling their dreams, but the bonds of friendship and camaraderie that hold the Point together will keep them going through the darkest of times.

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The Munition Girls Series

Rosie Archer
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Rosie Archer
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The Ferry Girls

Rosie Archer
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Rosie Archer
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The Canary Girls

Rosie Archer
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Rosie Archer
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The Gunpowder and Glory Girls

Rosie Archer
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Rosie Archer
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The Factory Girls

Rosie Archer
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Rosie Archer
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The Munitions Girls

Rosie Archer
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Rosie Archer

1943, Gosport, Hampshire. Pixie Saunders is 19 and employed in the local armaments factory. Not for the first time, her mother has run off with a dodgy-looking bloke, leaving Pixie to pay the rent and fend for herself. Pixie, along with her best friend Rita, Em, the factory overseer, and the rest of the girls are making the most of the war while trying to stay alive. The work is dangerous and the hours long, but in the evenings they take off their overalls and go to the pub or, better still, go dancing. Pixie meets American serviceman Cal and falls in love. But then Cal rejoins his ship. When Pixie falls pregnant, her life changes dramatically. Alone and unable to work, she has to rely on the kindness of friends to help her survive. Happiness seems like a thing of the past. Little does she know that there are plenty of surprises waiting for her - good ones at that. Love may be closer than she thinks.(P)2015 WF Howes Ltd