Geezers attend Secrets of the Homefront Girls book launch

Yardley's mural, Stratford High Street

Last Thursday some of the Geezers made it to the launch of Kate Thompson’s 10th non-fiction book: Secrets of the Homefront Girls. It was held in a room packed with people at Canning Town library in Rathbone Market.

Geezers with Kate Thompson at her book launch
Don Tomlin, Ray Gipson and Barrie Stradling with Kate Thompson at her book launch.

Kate’s novel details the lives of the women who worked at the Yardley’s factory in Stratford through WW2. Many were making the bright red lipstick which brought a bit of glamour to those difficult and austere times. Kate’s book includes the text of the 1942 Yardley’s advert below.

Yardley's 1942 advert in Secrets of the Homefront Girls book

The Yardley’s mural has been preserved on the side of flats on Stratford High Street (top photo).

In the front of the the book you’ll find the standard disclaimer: ” All characters in this publication are fictitious…” But Kate has conducted a huge amount of research. Ray Gipson said that quite a number of ladies who had worked at Yardley’s were in the audience. Four or five spoke alongside the author to recount their experiences.

The Yardley works listed at Carpenter's Road in the 1939 Post Office Directory
The Yardley works listed at Carpenter’s Road in the 1939 Post Office Directory

Kate’s story of the women who worked through the war in Carpenter’s Road, Stratford really brings to life this very different world to ours today. It’s difficult to put the book down. You can buy Secrets of the Homefront Girls here.

Secrets of the Homefront Girls book cover
Kate Thompson signing books
Kate Thompson signing books at the launch of Secrets of the Homefront Girls
Yardley's book dedicated to the Geezers

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  1. Our Editor Alan, has made a great blog for our web-site. OurBow.com. I was one of four of us Geezers who attended Kate Thompson’s last book launch at the Council’s Library in Rathbone Mkt on the 8th August. It was a great evening. Many of the Ladies who work at Yardley’s were also there. Lots of tales from them were so enlightening. Ray Geezers Club.

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