A Land Girl’s Tale
Release date: September 2017
‘I can see the disgust on the face of one neighbor when Jack, the farmer, asked to lend a man, produced a land girl.’
Mona McLeod worked in Kirkubrightshire during the second World War, providing the skilled labour needed on farms before mechanization. The girls were given heavy agricultural work in fields, with animals, carrying hundred weight sacks, sawing wood, felling trees, filling up rat holes. It was a tough way to grow up, but this illustrated memoir provides a valuable record of a time when women faced the rigorous physical challenges involved in winning the war at home.
About the author
Born in 1922 in England, Mona never went back after her five years in the Land Army in Scotland. A history graduate, she taught in Edinburgh schools before becoming a freelance lecturer on aspects of Scottish culture. Her publications include Agents of Change: Scots in Poland:1800-1918, based on family papers; it has been translated into Polish and published in Warsaw.