Staff Pick: The Gown

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

You get a good picture of the hardships of post-war life, yet the resiliency of the people working hard and eventually creating a happy life.

If you thought that royal wedding gowns just magically appeared by the flick of a wand, you are wildly incorrect! Queen Elizabeth, or Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown in 1947 was hand made by a team of very industrious and talented women.  In post-war England, making a glamorous wedding gown fit for a princess was by no means a huge endeavour. There were still ration cards for food and supplies and the people of England were still struggling in their daily lives. Jennifer Robson tells us in story format about how the wedding gown was very quickly created, and uses 2 women Ann and Miriam to tell the tale. You get a good picture of the hardships of post-war life, yet the resiliency of the people working hard and eventually creating a happy life.  The secondary plot of this novel is a contemporary mystery and delves into the life of Ann by her grand-daughter many years later.  A very worthwhile read indeed! (Submitted by Jamie)

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