The Steel Girls

Sheffield, 1939. With war declared, these brave women will step up and do their bit for their country

Housewife Nancy never dreamed that she’d end up in Vickers steelworks factory but when husband Bert is called up to serve, she needs to put food on the table for her two young children.

Betty’s sweetheart William has joined the RAF Reserves so she can’t sit around and do nothing – even if it means giving up her ambitions to study law at night school.

Young Patty is relishing the excitement the war brings. But this shop-girl is going to have to grow up quickly, especially now she’s undertaking such back-breaking and dangerous work in the factory.

The Steel Girls start off as strangers but quickly forge an unbreakable bond of friendship as these feisty factory sisters vow to keep the foundry fires burning during wartime.

The Steel Girls by Michelle Rawlins

Michelle is one of the hardest working authors I know and I’m always in awe at how she manages tight deadlines and multiple projects with ease. It’s been a real pleasure working with her on The Steel Girls series so far – Michelle has deftly turned her hand to writing historical fiction and brings not only great knowledge of the period and attention to detail thanks to the interviews she’s conducted with the real-life women of steel who worked in the Sheffield steelworks during the Second World War, but brings the characters to life brilliantly with real warmth so they leap off the page and feel like friends you’re rooting for.

Katie Seaman

Editor for The Steel Girls, HQ Stories