The Sewing Factory Girls

The Sewing Factory Girls: An uplifting and emotional tale of courage and friendship based on real events

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 09/11/2023
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'I couldn't put the book down!' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Review 'A heartwarming story that brings the people who worked in the sewing machine factory to life.' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader ReviewLike half of all the young women living in the Scottish town Clydebank in early 1911, Ellen works at the sewing machine factory. So does her big sister, Bridget, Bridget's fiancé Malcolm, and her new friend Sadie, who has come to work at the factory after the death of her father...For Sadie, the factory is a way to make ends meet, but Ellen has sewing in her veins. She is even making Bridget's wedding dress on her beloved sewing machine. But after the excitement of the wedding dies down, everything changes. Ellen discovers that the work of the cabinet polishers - her job - is to be reorganised, and they will be doing more work for less pay.Ellen feels betrayed - the sewing factory is her family and they've let her down. Sadie is more pragmatic. But the women aren't going to give in without a fight. They've been reading about strikes and they've got an idea - much to the disgust of manager Malcolm.Meanwhile, Bridget, forced to choose between her husband and her sister, has made a new friend and is fighting her own battle, alongside the suffragettes.The events of the strike will throw Ellen, Bridget and Sadie's lives into turmoil but also bring these women closer to each other than they could ever have imagined.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781398718777
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm

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The Sewing Factory Girls
An empowering and well written story set in industrial Scotland and at the Singer Factory!
Ellen Kelly lives in the Scottish town of Clydebank, with her father Allan, mother Gert, granny Sal and sister Bridget and she’s the third generation of pr... READ MORE
Karren's Reading Nook
The Sewing Factory Girls
Well-written historical novel about workers' and women's rights
The story takes place in Clydebank in 1911. The sewing machine factory is the workplace and center of life for most local residents. Ellen, Sadie and Brid... READ MORE
Katja Basan
The Sewing Factory Girls
Nice gently book
A story, about life in the time of the suffragettes trying to win the right to vote and the strength they went to to get it. When a new manager comes i... READ MORE
Kim Mooney