Daisy Styles is a pen name for Di Redmond who is a freelance writer, script editor, dramatist, ghost writer and author of over a hundred books.
She has written for film, live-action television, theatre, radio and children’s television.
Her credits include Bob the Builder, Chuggington, Angelina Ballerina, Postman Pat and many more top animated series.
She’s adapted the classics for the Edinburgh Festival and led a creative writing course in Deia, Majorca with the poet Roger McGough.
She writes annually for the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook specializing in, ‘Writing to a Brief’, ‘Adapting the Classics for Stage and Television’ and ‘Ghost Writing’.
Di and Daisy live in Cambridge!
It’s 1944 and Britain is a country at war. The young women of the Phoenix munitions factory are giving their all to the cause, but romance is beckoning . . .
The life of a Bomb Girl isn’t usually glamourous. But Maggie is getting married, so she is going to make sure her wedding day is – even if she does have to spend every other day slaving on the factory floor.
This blasted factory was not what Julia had in mind either. She had always dreamed of attending Oxford University rather than getting her hands dirty and the easy laughter of the other women intimidate her terribly.
But they are all here together in this munitions factory in a Lancashire mill town, sharing firsts, pitching in and getting on. Despite rationing, dangerous hard work and new situations these Bomb Girls are going to do their best at work, and in love.
Christmas is approaching at the Phoenix Munitions Factory and it’s going to be a year to remember . . . with trouble ahead can their wishes still come true?
A factory floor might not be their first choice of a place to spend Christmas, but pulling together and making do is exactly what the Bomb Girls are best at.
Gladys, back from singing for the troops in Europe is quiet as she takes her place on the cordite line. Her old friends are determined to bring back her spark while they work hard to help their country, as the threat of danger grows ever-closer.
What dark secret lies in Gladys’s heart? Will the girls see out another year in a country at war? And, if everyone does their bit, despite the worry, pain and toil, will the Bomb Girls be able to provide a wonderful Christmas for all?
In the Phoenix Munitions Factory everyone has their secrets . . .
As WWII rolls across Europe, Kitty boards a ship set for England, leaving her cruel father for war work in a munitions factory. She hadn’t wanted to leave Ireland, but the money sounded too good to resist. And money is what she really needs right now, what with tiny baby Billy back in Dublin without a father.
In Lancashire, Kitty settles into the hard work and soon makes new friends: the dazzling Gladys who is a talented musician, and the beautiful but nervous Violet who seems to be nursing a secret of her own. And then there is motherly Edna at the local chippy, always there for a cup of tea and a good natter when she yearns for home.
Working hard in the day and playing in the Bomb Girls Swing Band by night, on the surface, life seems to be looking up. But Kitty has kept a secret from her friends. Something she needs to figure out. And when a letter arrives from home, she realises she might need their help before it’s too late and she loses her baby forever . . .
Can four girls protect a whole country?
It’s 1941 and the country has been turned upside down. For the aristocratic Walsingham family this means being pushed unceremoniously upstairs while their grand home is taken over by the Army.
But for newcomers Ava and Maudie this is a chance to get something more from life. They are at Walsingham Hall to become code girls and break German encryptions. So being sent downstairs to work in the kitchens isn’t exactly what they had in mind.
But they do their duty, make new friends and soon even romance looks to be on the horizon. Though life is tough, it has never been more exciting.
Meanwhile, upstairs, Lord Walsingham is hiding something. And Maudie and the girls realize that the safety of their country might actually be in their hands after all . . .
‘Feisty young women, a country house in wartime and a scheming aristocrat – all ingredients for a cracking story with truly endearing characters’
— Annie Murray
On an ordinary day in 1941, a letter arrives on the doormats of five young women, a letter which will change everything.
Lillian is distraught. And whether she tears, hides or burns the letter the words remain the same – she must register for compulsory war work.
Many miles away, Emily is also furious – her dream job as a chef will have to be put on hold, whilst studious Alice must abandon her plans of college.
Staring at an identical letter, Elsie feels a kindling of hope at the possibility of leaving behind her brutal father. And down in London, Agnes has her own reasons for packing her bags with a smile.
Brought together at a munitions factory in a Lancashire mill town, none of them knows what lies ahead. Sharing grief and joy, lost dreams and gained opportunities, the five new bomb girls will find friendship and strength that they never before thought possible as they unite to help the country they love survive.
‘An absolute joy to read’
— Kate Thompson