A vivid and compelling memoir recounting the real lives, loves and friendship of 1940s Soho and its working girls. Barbara Tate was 17 when she heard the whispered word that would change her life: Soho. It would take four years for Barbara to escape her loveless home but when she finally made it to the forbidden streets of Soho - just as London was recovering from the trauma of the second world war - things would never be the same again. There the naive Barbara meets the beautiful and capricious Mae. When she takes a job as Mae's maid, Barbara imagines she'll be housekeeping. But down a shabby backstreet, Barbara discovers the secret lives of Soho's working girls. An astonishing world full of fierce friendships and bitter rivalries, dangerous men and desperate measures, Barbara soon learns that taking the money from a staggering supply of punters and making copious amounts of tea are only the bare essentials. She will need to be nursemaid, protector and confidante to impossible, adorable, self-destructive Mae.A wardrobe had been achieved by curtaining off a corner of the room in the same fabric that covered the windows ... There was also an enormous, ancient gas fire, a single ring for cooking and an ominous-looking meter. ... two plates, a battered kettle, a large ewer of chipped white enamel and a few assorted items of cheap metal cutlery. ... To get water, I had to go downstairs and out into the back yard, then in through another door and into a small scullery, where there was a tap.
|Title||:||West End Girls|
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2010-07-22|