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  • Published: 28 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473571730
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The Railway Girls

Their bond will see them through

A WW2 saga series based on women that worked on the railways. Perfect for fans of Nancy Revell and Ellie Dean.

The first novel in the wonderful new Railway Girls series, perfect for fans of Nancy Revell and Ellie Dean.

In February, 1922, at the western-most entrance to Victoria Station in Manchester, a massive plaque was unveiled. Beneath a vast tiled map showing the lines of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway network, a series of seven bronze panels recorded the names of the men of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War - a total of 1,460 names.

In March, 1940, a group of women of varying ages and backgrounds, stand in front of the memorial, ready to do their bit in this new World War...
Mabel is determined to make a fresh start as a railway girl where no one will know the terrible thing she did and she can put her guilt behind her... Or is she just running away?

Meanwhile Joan will never be as good as her sister, or so her Gran keeps telling her. A new job as a station clerk could be just the thing she needs to forget her troubles at home.

And Dot is further into her forties than she cares to admit. Her beloved sons are away fighting and her husband - well, the less said about him the better. Ratty old sod. She is anxious to become a railway girl just like her dear mam - anything to feel she is supporting the sons she prays for every night.

The three women start off as strangers, but soon form an unbreakable bond that will get them through the toughest of times...

  • Published: 28 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473571730
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the author

Maisie Thomas

Maisie Thomas was born and brought up in Manchester, which provides the location for her Railway Girls novels. She loves writing stories with strong female characters, set in times when women needed determination and vision to make their mark. The Railway Girls series is inspired by her great aunt Jessie, who worked as a railway clerk during the First World War.

Maisie now lives on the beautiful North Wales coast with her railway enthusiast husband, Kevin, and their two rescue cats. They often enjoy holidays chugging up and down the UK’s heritage steam railways.

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Praise for The Railway Girls

A story of true friendship, love, loss and trust


Stunning writing, perfectly paced and never rushed, a slow and realistic journey through the phoney war, Dunkirk and into the beginnings of the blitz

Frost Magazine

Enjoyable, satisfying and brilliantly researched . . . gripping and intriguing

Northern Reader

A thoroughly enjoyable read . . . interesting character and great story lines

Shaz's Book Blog

An exceptional story with believable characters . . a must read for all historical fiction fans

Chells and Books

Witty, poignant and made me smile . . . highly recommended

Donna's Book Blog

An emotional story with strong women

NetGalley Reviewer

Engaging, totally relatable, well defined and genuinely believable . . . a delightful story [and] an important piece of social commentary