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A young girl trying to do her best for her country... When the British Ministry of Food urgently calls for the opening of restaurants to feed tired and hungry Londoners during WWII, aspiring cook Maggie Johnson seems close to realising a long-held dream. After overcoming a tangle of red tape, Maggie's Kitchen finally opens its doors to the public and Maggie finds that she has an unexpected problem - her restaurant is too popular, and there's not enough food to go round. Then Maggie takes twelve-year-old street urchin Robbie under her wing and, through him, is introduced to a dashing Polish refugee, digging for victory on London's allotments. Between them they will have to break the rules in order to put food on the table, and, perhaps, find love into the bargain...
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About the Author

Caroline Beecham grew up at the English seaside and relocated to Australia to continue her career as a writer and producer in film and television. She has worked on a documentary about Princess Diana lookalikes, a series about journeys to the ends of the earth, as well as a feature film about finding the end of the rainbow. Caroline decided on a new way of storytelling and studied the craft of novel writing at the Faber Academy in 2012. She has an MA in Film & Television and a MA in Creative Writing and lives with her husband and two sons by Sydney harbour. Maggie's Kitchen is her first published novel. You can find out more information about Maggie's Kitchen and the events that inspired the novel at www.maggieskitchennovel.com

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"extremely engaging novel ... fictionalises its fascinating historical sources so successfully that it reads like the work of a veteran storyteller. Her career as a screenwriter and producer is probably responsible for that, as for the cinematic quality of this entertaining book." * Sydney Morning Herald * "Despite the backdrop of WWII, Beecham keeps the tone light and serves up a sliver of romance and dollops of heart-warming hope. She also - deftly and subtly - educates readers about that time in our history." * Sunshine Coast Daily * "Sometimes when I start a book it feels like I'm shaking hands with an old friend, or sitting by the fire sipping a glass of red wine. It's how you know you are in the hands of an excellent storyteller, that feeling of complete ease with the unfolding scene. MAGGIE'S KITCHEN is that kind of book. It welcomes you in, and you are pleased to make its acquaintance." * Melissa Sargent, Love That Book Blog * "presents the touching story of Maggie Johnson while highlighting in intricate detail the tumultuous and precarious times of WWII in London ...Maggie's Kitchen is a tale of love, courage, and the restorative power of food." * AUSROM TODAY *

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