Daisy Styles

 

Daisy Styles is a pen name for Di Redmond who is a free-lance writer, script editor, dramatist, ghost writer and author of over a hundred books. Di has written for  film, live action television, theatre, radio and children’s television, her credits include Bob the Builder, Chuggington, Angelina Ballerina, Postman Pat and many more top animated series. She’s written for the adult market too, “SUCCESS” (published by Hodder) is set in Cambridge and Venice. She’s adapted the classics for the Edinburgh Festival and led a creative writing course in Deia, Majorca with the poet Roger McGough. She writes annually for the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook specializing in, “Writing to a Brief”, “Adapting the Classics for Stage and Television” and “Ghost Writing.” Di and Daisy live in Cambridge!

 

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The Bomb Girls

Daisy Styles

UK & Commonwealth rights: Michael Joseph

Unabridged audio rights: WF Howes

'Funny, scheming, loyal, witty, raucous and rude, but above all, hardworking and proud. An absolute joy to read.' - Kate Thompson, author of Secrets of the Singer Girls
 

The British Government mobilised civilians, Churchill’s “Raw materials of Victory”, more effectively than any other combatant nation. By 1944 a third of the civilian population were engaged in war work, including 7,000,000 women.

 

When Ernest Bevin announces that all women aged between 18 and 30 must register for war work, Emily is furious – she’s just landed her dream job as a trainee cook in her home town on the edge of the Lancashire Pennines.  The last thing she wants is to have to go and work in a factory, most likely far from home, and leave her sweetheart Bill.  Scholarly Alice is equally as devastated – now her dreams of going to college will be squashed.  Meanwhile, Elsie, plain, thin, tall, and gawky, is over the moon at the news – her life has been miserable so far, beaten by her dad and a virtual slave to her step mother and step sisters.  Down in London, Agnes, already a supervisor in a munitions factory, jumps at the opportunity to move north. Her four year old daughter Esther, who suffers from polio, has been evacuated to a hospital in Keswick which specialises in taking care of children with walking difficulties. If Agnes moves to Lancashire she’ll be able to visit her daughter a lot more often.  Finally, glamorous Lillian, working in a Bradford beauty parlour by day and singing on the club circuit by night, loves her life and burns the conscription letter when it arrives.  However, she can’t ignore it, and when a policeman comes knocking at her door, she realises that she has no choice but to comply.

 

Despite their different backgrounds and personalities, the girls’ shared experience in the former Lancashire cotton mill turned bomb factory brings them together as firm friends.  Together they experience thwarted dreams, new opportunities, separations and reunions with loved ones and of course plenty of romance.

The Code Girls

Daisy Styles

UK & Commonwealth rights: Michael Joseph

Unabridged audio rights: WF Howes

'Funny, scheming, loyal, witty, raucous and rude, but above all, hardworking and proud. An absolute joy to read.' - Kate Thompson, author of Secrets of the Singer Girls

 

A heart-warming and inspiring tale of three incredible women on the home-front during World War II from the author of The Bomb Girls.
 

It's 1945 and the country has been turned upside down. For the aristocratic Somervilles this means being pushed unceremoniously into the upstairs floors of their grand home as it is taken over by the armed forces. But for newcomers Ava, Maudie and Bella this is a chance for something more.

 

The girls move into Walsingham Hall, each ready and willing to do their part for the war effort, and soon become firm friends. But Lord Edward Somerville seems like he is hiding something sinister. And although he may be clever he might have met his match in Maudie and the girls...

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The Bomb Girls' Secrets

Daisy Styles

UK & Commonwealth rights: Michael Joseph

Unabridged audio rights: WF Howes

'Funny, scheming, loyal, witty, raucous and rude, but above all, hardworking and proud. An absolute joy to read.' - Kate Thompson, author of Secrets of the Singer Girls

 

In the Phoenix Munitions Factory everyone has their secrets...
 

A s WWII rolls across Europe, Kitty boards a ship set for England; leaving her cruel father for war work in a munitions factory. She hadn't wanted to leave Ireland, but the money sounded too good to resist. And money is what she really needs right now, what with tiny baby Billy back in Dublin without a father.

 

In Lancashire Kitty settles into the hard work and soon makes new friends; the dazzling Gladys who is a talented musician, and the beautiful but nervous Violet who seems to be nursing a secret of her own. And then there is motherly Edna at the local chippy, always there for a cup of tea and a good natter when she yearns for home.

 

Working hard in the day and playing in the Bomb Girls Swing Band by night, on the surface, life seems to be looking up. But Kitty has kept a secret from her friends. Something she needs to figure out. And when a letter arrives from home, she realises she might need their help before it's too late and she loses her baby forever . . .

Christmas with the Bomb Girls

Daisy Styles

UK & Commonwealth rights: Michael Joseph

Unabridged audio rights: WF Howes

'Funny, scheming, loyal, witty, raucous and rude, but above all, hardworking and proud. An absolute joy to read.' - Kate Thompson, author of Secrets of the Singer Girls

 

Christmas time with our favourite Bomb Girls at the Phoenix Munitions Factory.
 

Christmas time is approaching at the Phoenix Munitions Factory and Gladys, Kitty, Edna and the rest of the Bomb Girls are determined to make this a year to remember.

With Myrtle's health in decline, Edna's love life beginning to take flight, a shy new arrival in their midst and continual hard work on the factory floor, life is never quiet in Pendle. But Gladys, back from performing for the troops on the front, is sullen and sad and her friends are sure she is hiding something.

 

What exactly happened while Gladys was away? Will she be bought back to life by her old friends? And will the Bomb Girls be able to provide a wonderful Christmas all round?

 

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