THE LONDON GIRL
By Susanna Alakoski
It’s the 1950ies. Greta has left her mother Hilda and the old cotton factory in Vasa for a better life in Stockholm. She shares a room with her best friend Aili and works as a nanny and a hospital orderly before her dreams take her even further away: to London.
She finds work with the Conley family, socialises with the nannies from Switzerland, learns English and meets Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra. The cotton factory and textile industry seem far away.
Hilda has stayed back home in Vasa, she is still a cotton angel in an industry that is increasingly threatened by automatization and competition from Sweden and other foreign countries. Greata’s brother Jonnis is still at Algots in Borås and falls in love with Maija at the New in Sweden class. Little does Greta know how the future will take shape and what consequences will come from leaving your hometown.
With The London Girl Susanna Alakoski continues her suite of novels about women’s lives, their work and aspirations during the 20th century. This is a story about industry, love and friendship where everyday lives and world politics are threads in the same weave.