Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi, authors of GI Brides, on tour September 2014

Posted By on August 15, 2014

GI BridesAbout GI Brides

Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (September 2, 2014)

They left everything behind to follow their hearts. . . . True stories that illuminate the experiences of British war brides in America after World War II

American soldiers stationed in the UK came away winning more than just a war, they also won the hearts of young women across Britain. At the end of World War II, more than 70,000 GI brides followed the men they’d married—men they barely knew—to begin a new life in the United States.

Meet four of these women:
Sylvia Bradley, a loyal, bright-eyed optimist
Rae Brewer, a resourceful, quick-witted tomboy
Margaret Boyle, an English beauty who faced down every challenge
Gwendolyn Rowe, a brave woman ahead of her time

Though all made the bold choice to leave family and the world they knew, the journey each experienced was unique—ranging from romantic to heartbreaking.

Fascinating and unforgettable, GI Brides pays homage to these brave women, propelled by love and hope, who embarked on an adventure that would change their lives.

Praise for GI Brides

“Beautifully rounded portraits … delightful and touching.” —Daily Mail (London)

“This is a treasure box of testimonies from a very different world, and one that will soon slip from living memory. Kudos to the authors for capturing these memories for posterity, and in such a readable, touching way.” —The Londonist

“Heartbreaking yet tender, these British wartime brides face the high cost of marrying GIs they scarcely know and courageously reclaim their lives a thousand miles from home and family. Rich in historical detail and masterfully researched —Marjorie Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Summer at Tiffany

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Duncan BarrettAbout Duncan Barrett

Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge and now works as writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He most recently edited The Reluctant Tommy (Macmillan, 2010) a First World War memoir. 

Nuala CalviAbout Nuala Calvi

Nuala Calvi also studied English and has been a journalist for eight years with a strong interest in community history pieces. She took part in the Streatham Stories project to document the lives and memories of people in South London. They live in South London.

Connect with them through their website.

Nuala’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, September 9th: BookNAround

Thursday, September 11th: Book Loving Hippo

Wednesday, September 17th: Doing Dewey

Thursday, September 18th: A Novel Review

Monday, September 22nd: Alison’s Book Marks

Tuesday, September 23rd: Staircase Wit

Wednesday, September 24th: Savvy Verse & Wit

Thursday, September 25th: A Bookworm’s World

Saturday, September 27th: Great Minds Read Alike

Thursday, October 2nd: Book by Book

Monday, October 6th: The many thoughts of a reader

Wednesday, October 8th: Diary of an Eccentric

Tuesday, October 14th: Read. Write. Repeat.

Wednesday, October 15th: Sammy the Bookworm

Thursday, October 16th: Man of La Book

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