The author explores a little-known slice of history seen through women’s eyes between 1914 and 1918. The book is a story about knowledge – who gets to make it, who gets to access it, and what is lost when it is withheld. When the War draws the young men of Britain away to fight, it is the women who must keep the nation running. Two of them are Poppy and Maude, identical twins, who have been working in the bindery at Oxford University Press in Jericho since they were twelve years old. Peggy dreams of going to University, Maude is happy with what she has.
An easy to read, evocative story with many unforgettable characters – ie: Tilda Taylor, a lifelong friend of the girls’ dead mother, who corresponds with them from France telling them of the terrible conditions of the war-wounded and the women who care for them.