Scotland's Land Girls

Breeches, Bombers and Backaches

By Elaine Edwards

Format: Paperback

Part of the "Flashbacks Oral History" series, this title offers an introduction to the Women's Land Army in the First and Second World Wars that is followed by reminiscences, recorded by the editor, of ten ex-Land Girls.

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An introduction about the Women's Land Army in the First and Second World Wars is followed by reminiscences, recorded recently by the editor, of ten ex-Land Girls. It is co-published by NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing and the European Ethnological Research Centre (EERC) an independent unit within Celtic & Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

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Format Paperback
Imprint National Museums of Scotland Enterprises - Publishing
Publication Date 8 Apr 2010
ISBN 9781905267323
Number of Pages 144

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' ... The text combines first hand accounts with interviews held with the editor. The collection vividly brings to life the girls' personal experiences and highlights their daily work ... They also recalled their social lives, whist drives and dances ... The centre of the book has a lovely photographic section.' Scottish Farmer ' ... The introduction to the book draws together many of the key issues faced by the women ... A good amount of background material is provided, making it easy to picture the young women and their lives during the war. Were this not sufficient, two dozen images are also included from the Land Girls' own photograph collections showing them at work and relaxing in their off hours. ... an entertaining and information read that will appeal to a wide audience.' History Scotland 'National Museums Scotland have a happy knack of publishing books on subjects that have probably never crossed your mind before, yet which turn out to be captivating and thought provoking. Scotland's Land Girls: Breeches, Bombers and Backaches, to give its full title, fits this pattern very well indeed.' Undiscovered Scotland (website) ' ... I found this book totally absorbing. The ladies' reminiscences reveal a great deal of information about an aspect of the war effort which is often overlooked.' Scottish Home and County ' ... full of lively accounts of working and living on farms and how the experience shaped the girls' subsequent lives. ...' Ayrshire Notes ' ... Edwards has undertaken an important role in preserving the history and experiences of these women and their vital part in the war effort.' Northern Scotland

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