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The gown

Author: Jennifer Robson
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation in spite of their nation's recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers in the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their bond, along with their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain; Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain; Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Robson
ISBN: 9780062884275 0062884271 9780062674951 0062674951
OCLC Number: 1086281500
Notes: "P.S. insights, interviews & more ..."--Cover.
Includes reading group guide.
Description: 371, 16 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Jennifer Robson.

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"London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation in spite of their nation's recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers in the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their bond, along with their nascent hopes for a brighter future, are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown. Toronto, 2011: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries, so similar to the exquisite motifs that embellished the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding more than sixty years before? And what was her Nan's connection to the celebrated textile artist Miriam Dassin? The Gown takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created, balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory. Its heroines, whose points of view alternate and intersect throughout its pages, are connected by threads of loss and love, suffering and survival, regret and redemption"--

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