- Publisher: Harper Press; First Edition edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007356315
- ISBN-13: 978-0007356317
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How the Girl Guides Won the War Hardcover – 2010
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`An enjoyably inspiring account of what was to be - for so many thousands of girls - an exciting and fulfilling time.' Scotsman`A stirring, surprising story' Saga`[Hampton] has caught the authentic tone of unwavering, not to say relentless, optimism characteristic of the Guiding movement.' Evening Standard`Absorbing and unexpected ... a sobering and inspirational book.' Mail on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Janie Hampton is the author of fifteen books including biography, fiction and text books. She has been a journalist in Africa, a producer at the BBC World Service and has written articles for the Sunday Times, The Times, the Independent, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman. She has worked in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda, living in rural communities, travelling by canoe, bus, river-boat and train. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It was weird that the author had such a low opinion to start with regarding the Girl Guides and I really can't understand why. But she admits she was wrong. Perhaps because she looks down on the old fashioned skills and the domestic arts such as babysitting, knitting, knots, camping, Morse code, orienteering, and first aid-all badges the girls worked for and all the skills that the girls used to help in the War.
Oh, can't forget the Polish and other Guides who helped in their European countries.
Perhaps this book shows what may have been the Golden Era of the Guides.
Sad we grew up not knowing what so many women around us had done in the War. Women and girls who did so much and got so little recognition. But good to know now.