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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Balloon View Ltd; First Edition edition (12 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907798382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907798382
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.4 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful treasure trove of letters, and a unique and moving testimony of a heartfelt friendship between a London vicar s wife and a young Austrian Jewish refugee. This is one of the most fascinating private collections to have come out in years, providing insights into a part of British life that has long since disappeared. I could hardly tear myself away from Molly and Otto. AMANDA FOREMAN --Chiswick Times

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Molly Rich (1899-1974) was born in London to Major R M Richardson and his wife Helen, née Croft. She married the Rev Edward Rich in 1927 and the family came to St Nicholas Chiswick in 1934.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JMC on 17 Jun 2013
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This is an enchanting book. Beautifully written letters, giving an intimate snapshot of the life of Molly and her extended family and their life in Chiswick during the Blitz. The book is touching, beautifully observed and full of warmth and humour. So pleased that her family have published this little gem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Iddon on 25 Jun 2013
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At one point in this wonderful book of letters about life in the blitz Molly says 'No one with imagination can be happy just now', and yet the book is full of humour, camaraderie, decency, crises-overcome and hilarious eccentricities. Besieged by fires, shells and bombs a vicarage by the Thames at Chiswick is a humane refuge for a large family plus evacuees, waifs and strays, bombed-out neighbours, dogs, cats and canaries. Imagination and enterprise are stimulated by shortage and lives are heightened by crisis.
The letters are delightfully illustrated by Anthea Craigmyle, Molly's daughter.
There's not a dull paragraph in this book. Everyone should read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. H. Goodman on 20 Jun 2013
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Not often do you come across a book to which you can 100% relate.
It so happens that I personally Lived Through the whole 2nd World War(1940-1945)Period,which this book covers.
And not only that,I was living in and out of Lodon,during those years,when I was not at Preparatory School,or down in the Country.
Molly Rich was a remarkable woman,and her letters bring back that 5 X Year Period as if it was yesterday.
To anyone who wants to hear about what was going-on in this Big City of ours during The War,this is the Book for you.
Its pure enjoyment,and sometimes very moving
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SF on 17 Jun 2013
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This is a truly uplifting story as told in Molly's wartime letters to Otto, a young Jewish refugee, to whom she became a surrogate mother. The letters are the narrative of a generous, caring, sensitive, warm, positive, selfless, witty, practical vicar's wife who, while coping with the exigencies of wartime life in Chiswick, while gave love and support and hope and courage to Otto to help him to overcome the vicissitudes of his being interned first in England, then shipped in appalling conditions to Australia, and then returning to England to serve in the Pioneer Corps. Molly is an inspiration and an example to all of us. I encourage everyone to read this wonderful book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PW London on 15 Jun 2013
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Molly Rich's letters are a delightful as well as a realistic evocation of the war years in London. The charming illustrations, by her daughter Anthea Craigmyle, completely capture the spirit of the blitz and amusingly demonstrate the unlikely friendships which were formed in times of adversity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Macdonald on 20 Jun 2013
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I enjoyed this book enormously and found it very difficult to put down. Molly's humour, amazing energy, and kindness draw one into her world immediately. The matter-of-fact way she describes privation, endless work, and occasional fun, as well as some difficult, not to say frightening experiences, makes one feel that one is there with her in early 1940s London. It is a vivid source of social history which should be read by anyone studying life in London at this period, but is also a book which will appeal to everyone interested in the human condition. It would make a great novel, if it were not fact. I found it one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy R. Matthews on 19 July 2013
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One of the few books I have read straight through without a break, Evocative of war-time life in London, letters written with a light touch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Llelyn on 17 July 2013
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Anyone who was not there and wishes to capture the atmosphere of war time Britain should read this book. I mean, everyone should read this book. Molly was an amazing woman and deserves the immortality her letters will surely bring her. I loved every word of it and would have read it at a sitting had I not started it at 9 p.m., half an hour before the time I usually fall asleep. One of its many pleasures was the faultless grammar which this old pedant misses in much modern writing. Are there still people like her?
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