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'Were you a child, toddler or teenager during the War? If so, please share your memories and anecdotes: the blackout, bombing, evacuation, shortages, absent fathers! and the fun. Need YOUR help. It's important, for those of us still around -- and for the future.'This was the wording of a boxed ad Susan Goodman placed in a number of local newspapers -- and the response was colossal: she had touched a dormant nerve. And this remarkable book is the result -- a rich tapestry of the dramatic, amusing, poignant and everyday during the twentieth century's greatest conflict, through a child's eyes.Its compelling first-hand stories reflect not only British life in the towns, suburbs and countryside, but also the experience of those who arrived as refugees. It has heartwarming and harrowing accounts of both sides of the evacuee experience; tales of extraordinary family resourcefulness in times of near-impossible rationing; and brings a new understanding of what it was like to come of age in wartime.
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Susan Goodman is the author of Blue Dusk, Mother Love, Summer Secrets, Dancing Ledge and Choices. She is also the biographer of Ludwig Guttmann, who was the founder of the Paralympics and a director of Stoke Mandeville Hospital. She has contributed to the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Observer and Homes & Gardens. She lives in west London.From AudioFile:
From the Blitz to V-E Day, Goodman has catalogued the memories of Brits who survived on the home front during WWII. Some were bombed out, some were sent to the countryside for safety, some worked for the war effort--all were children or teens at the time. The well-organized material is read clearly by Anne Dover, whose enthusiasm doesn't flag through 14 hours of short recollections of rationing, V-2 rockets, finding downed planes, and living in strange homes away from parents. Various local accents are subtle as the now-adults express the loneliness, fear, humor and, yes, fun, that was part of their wartime lives. Some "evacuees" loved country life to the point that they had readjustment problems after the peace, but mainly this is an upbeat chronicle of Britain's "greatest generation." J.B.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110719561221
Book Description John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0719561221