Miss Carter's War by Sheila Hancock

By Sheila Hancock

It's 1948 and Britain is suffering to get over the second one global conflict. part French, part English, Marguerite Carter, younger and gorgeous, has misplaced her mom and dad and survived a terrifying battle, operating for the SOE in the back of enemy strains. Leaving her partisan lover she returns to England to be one of many first girls to obtain a level from the college of Cambridge.

Now she pins again her unruly auburn curls, attracts a pencil seam up her legs, ties the laces on her brilliant black footwear, belts her gray gabardine mac and units out in the direction of her destiny as an English instructor in a girls’ grammar tuition. For pass over Carter has a mission--to struggle social injustice, to avoid battle and to coach her girls.

Through deep friendships and love misplaced and located, from the peace marches of the fifties and the flowering of the Swinging Sixties, to the increase of Thatcher and the conflict for homosexual rights, to the threat of a brand new struggle, Sheila Hancock has created a robust, panoramic portrait of england during the lifetime of one very singular girl.

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All on board are well—present my kind remembrances to Captain and Mrs. Bligh, and believe me Yours very sincerely Thos. Pasley P. S. 2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty.

2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty. The second was the small, two-masted brig Assistant to serve as tender, with 27 men, among them four marines, all commanded by Lieutenant Nathaniel Portlock, an experienced and science-minded sailor.

At 10 the signal to engage . . 5 A few shots were exchanged, but darkness came on with heavy rain and thick haze, and the French ships vanished into the gloom. In December 1793 the Bellerophon returned for the winter to the naval anchorage at Spithead, in the strait between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland. The ship’s refit began: repairs, replacements, sides and stern repainted. Flinders recorded a cold winter, squally, with sleet and snow in January. In April 1794 Captain William Pasley was promoted to rearadmiral, and Flinders, still with him on the Bellerophon, became an aide-de-camp.

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