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The Girl Who Dared to Dream
13 Oct 2022 * HARDBACK * £20 * 9781801109802

London, 1912. It is two years before WWI and the conflict which will change the role of women forever. But for now, young Mabel Oakley is caught between her own dreams of becoming a teacher and what is conventionally expected of a girl from her class and background. If only there were some way out...

Fiction / FV (Historical Fiction)
Extent: 448 pages  Format: 229 x 148 mm
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The Girl Who Dared to Dreamby Diney Costeloe

The captivating new novel from Diney Costeloe, bestselling author of The Throwaway Children and The Girl With No Name.

London, 1912.

It is two years before the outbreak of World War 1, and the Oakley family are typical of their time. Andrew has been clerk at a City solicitors for twenty years. Alice, his wife, keeps the home fires burning. Their sons plan on becoming skilled apprentices. And Mabel, their daughter, says she would rather die than go into domestic service like her cousin. She is going to go to train as a secretary.

Andrew Oakley little imagines, as he sets off for work one February morning, that their lives are about to change in the most dramatic and tragic fashion. In one fateful instant the family dreams are crushed. And Mabel will have to swallow her pride to take that position as in-between maid after all. It is every bit as unpleasant as she expected. But help is going to come from a quite unexpected direction and bring her dreams to life again.

Brilliant storytelling, wonderful characters, here is everything we have come to love about a Diney Costeloe novel.

Praise for Diney Costeloe:
'Truly captivating.' Woman & Home
'A treat from the very first page. I could not put it down!' Historical Novel Society
'Historical fiction heaven... Anyone who feels that women's hist fict is a simplified genre sub-set would definitely need a rethink after this.' The Bookbag

Diney Costeloe is the author of twenty-three novels, several short stories, and many articles and poems. She has three children and seven grandchildren, so when she isn't writing, she's busy with family. She and her husband divide their time between Somerset and West Cork. Find Diney online at dineycosteloe.co.uk, or on Twitter @Dineycost

#1 bestselling author: UK, USA, Canada, Australia.

Over 1 million copies sold.

Excellent speaker at library and reading groups.

MARKET: Susan Lewis; Dilly Court; Shirley Dickson; Catherine Hokin.


PRAISE FOR DINEY COSTELOE:
'Truly captivating'Woman & Home on The French Wife.
'A treat from the very first page. I could not put it down!' Historical Novel Society on The Sisters of St Croix.
'Wonderful characters, with storytelling that pulls you from page to page, this lovely novel about a girl's search to fulfil her dreams is set in the City of London just before the First World War' Rosie de Courcy, publisher.
'Historical fiction heaven... Anyone who feels that women's hist fict is a simplified genre sub-set would definitely need a rethink after this'
Bookbag on The Children of the Siege

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