An enchanting and uplifting tale of love, friendship and the wondrousness of women. For wonder girls of all ages.
It is 1928 and the world is changing. Anyone can see that. Mrs Dixie's dress shop on the high street is selling ladies' trousers and Amelia Earhart lands in the sea off Wales, in an airplane. But when Ida Gaze announces she is leaving the turquoise waters of the town's lido to swim the Bristol Channel, gossips say it can't be done.
It is 1937 and one of the coldest nights of the year. In a maternity hospital on a grand London square, a young skivvy is issued instructions by the matron to smuggle out an orphaned baby under the cover of darkness.
Now, in a small town in Wales, an old lady named Cecily pieces together these stories and is about to discover the surprising ways in which they link to her own. It begins with two girls in the Roaring Twenties who left their small Welsh village for the Big Smoke, feeling that the world was changing and everything was possible
Inspired by the achievements of some of the most extraordinary women of the twentieth century, Wonder Girls makes the arrival of a glorious new voice, Catherine Jones.
After studying English Literature at Universities in Wales and the USA, Catherine Jones worked as a journalist in print, TV and PR. She was born in England, has lived in many different countries, and now makes her home in South Wales. She works in the sale room of an auction house and thinks mainly about writing, inspired by the fascinating letters, diaries and trinkets that surround her. Wonder Girls is her first novel.
Simon and Schuster
Author: Catherine Jones