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Girl in the Hat Shop

Leila Cassell

Girl in the Hat Shop

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ISBN 9781781325650

Published Oct 2016

203 x 133mm (240 pages)

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Taking a pencil from her bedside table she opened the book, filled in the date at the top of the page and wrote a full account of this, her latest premonition. When she finished, she turned back to the first page and began reading the entry she’d made when she’d seen her beloved grandfather lying on the snow-covered pavement, moaning in pain, through the years to the time when, petrified, she’d described Bernard’s death; the handwriting changing in style from the careful, narrow script of an eight-year-old girl to the neat, rounded letters of an adult. The format remained the same. At the end of each entry Fay had left a space and in the line below she’d written, "This happened on" – and here she’d filled in the date – "just as I saw it."

The year is 1940. Fay is a salesgirl in a Mayfair hat shop. But Fay is no ordinary girl. She sees things before they happen and, forbidden by her mother to speak about the visions that have clouded her life since she was a child, she has learnt to stay silent.

Now, with the threat of invasion on everyone’s mind, she must speak up, and in a climate of prejudice and suspicion a Jewish girl from Willesden becomes the target of attention. Followed, watched, threatened with imprisonment, and suspected of being in league with the enemy, she discovers that she’s not the first member of her family to be plagued by visions.

From the privileged lives of Mayfair’s aristocracy to the neglected tenants of Stepney, from nights sheltering in luxury at the Savoy to those huddled in an Anderson shelter, Girl in the Hat Shop is a story of courage, class distinction and family secrets in wartime London.
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