Green Hands

Barbara Whitton

Green Hands

Barbara Whitton

Distributed for Imperial War Museums

Introduction is by Alan Jeffreys
224 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $12.95 ISBN: 9781912423262 Published March 2021 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

The year is 1943, and a month into their service as Land Girls, Bee, Anne, and Pauline are dispatched to a remote farm in rural Scotland. Here they are introduced to the realities of lending a hand on the land, and grueling work and inhospitable weather makes it a struggle to keep their spirits high. Soon one of the girls falters, and Bee and Pauline receive a new posting to a Northumberland dairy farm. 

Based on Barbara Whitton’s own wartime experiences, Green Hands details life for Britain’s women volunteers, illuminating their friendships, daily struggles, and romantic intrigues with intimacy and careful nuance. Originally published in 1943 and repackaged here with a contextual introduction by an Imperial War Museums historian, Whitton’s autobiographical novel paints a sometimes funny, sometimes bleak picture of her wartime past. 

Review Quotes
Daily Mail (UK)
"Terrific."
Militaria & History
“Charming and evocative. . . . It offers a light-hearted snapshot into [Whitton’s] experiences, including the friendships and romances, as the story follows three young and inexperienced Land Girls. The author’s evident enjoyment of this period in her life shines through but those less rosy aspects are also confronted, including the back-breaking nature of the work and the sexism many women faced as they took on a variety of roles, traditionally performed by men."
AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird
"Witty, warm and hugely endearing, Barbara Whitton's Green Hands is full of engaging characters, burgeoning friendships and pure hard-graft. A lovely novel for anyone interested in wartime Britain, it leaves the reader with renewed admiration for the indefatigable work of the Women's Land Army."
Julie Summers, author of Jambusters
"Tales from the home front are always more authentic when written from personal experience, as is the case here. Barbara Whitton evokes the highs and lows, joys and agonies of being a Land Girl in the Second World War."
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