The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

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A warm, funny and big-hearted novel of wartime gumption and village spirit which will make your heart sing out, and is perfect for fans of Helen Simonson's The Summer before the War and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.Kent, 1940.In the idyllic village of Chilbury change is afoot. Hearts are breaking as sons and husbands leave to fight, and when the Vicar decides to close the choir until the men return, all seems lost.But coming together in song is just what the women of Chilbury need in these dark hours, and they are ready to sing. With a little fighting spirit and the arrival of a new musical resident, the charismatic Miss Primrose Trent, the choir is reborn.Some see the choir as a chance to forget their troubles, others the chance to shine. Though for one villager, the choir is the perfect cover to destroy Chilbury's new-found harmony.Uplifting and profoundly moving, THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR explores how a village can endure the onslaught of war, how monumental history affects small lives and how survival is as much about friendship as it is about courage.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 159 x 240 x 40mm | 740g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • The Borough Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008163707
  • 9780008163709
  • 17,562

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`The writing glows with emotional intelligence. This atmospheric debut, based on the author's own family history, had me sniffing copiously' Daily Mail`I am completely and utterly in love with this book. What a joy! It may be in my all-time top five - I just adore every single thing about it' JILL MANSELL`Lyrical, poetic, emotional, funny, endearing, surprising - it is a masterpiece' VERONICA HENRY author of How to Find Love in a Book Shop`I adored it, it made me want to sing with joy' ALEX BROWN, author of The Secret of Orchard Cottage`Delightful... it manages to be sad and funny, exciting and heart-warming, all at the same time. Quite an achievement'BARBARA ERSKINE author of Sleeper's Castle`I adored The Chilbury Ladies' Choir! The pages sing with such wonderful characters, and through them wartime England really comes alive. Warm, witty, touching and uplifting, I will be recommending this to all my friends' HAZEL GAYNOR author of The Girl from the Savoyshow more

About Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan grew up in Kent and now lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two children. She was previously a nonfiction book editor. The Chilbury Ladies' Choir is her first novel.show more

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