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Around the Village Green: The Heart-Warming Memoir of a World War II Childhood [Paperback]

Dot May Dunn
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3 July 2014

It's 1939 and little Dot May Dun is playing with her brothers in the quiet lanes of their Derbyshire village. The grown-ups' talk of war means very little to Dot but things are starting to change in the village, for good.

When a prisoner of war camp is built close to Dot's village, and a Yankee base is stationed nearby, Dot makes friends with the most unlikely of soldiers. But her friendships are threatened when telegrams start to arrive in the village and the real impact of war bears heavily on this close-knit mining community.

From little lives spring great tales. Dot's childhood memoir shares the universals of innocence, love, loss and friendships. THE VILLAGE will move and entertain in equal measures.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409148092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409148098
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Around the Village Green is a heart-warming account of author and miner's daughter Dot May Dunn's childhood in a small village in Derbyshire throughout the Second World War. There are plenty of funny moments... A must-read for anyone who fancies a nostalgic trip down memory lane to those more innocent times. (Hannah Mears HISTORY OF WAR MAGAZINE)

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4.0 out of 5 stars INSIGHTFUL AND HEARTWARMING! 22 July 2014
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Around the Village Green: The Heart-Warming Memoir of a World War II Childhood by Dot May Dunn is a delightful, touching and heartwarming recollection of her childhood memories of World War II. Dot May Dunn who was born in Derbyshire, the daughter of a miner, is also the Sunday Times bestselling author of Twelve Babies on a Bike and Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram.

This fascinating, moving and uplifting recollection of the war contains fourteen insightful chapters:
-Time Begins
-The enemy is here October– December 1939
-Who lives, who dies April– August 1940
-The Military Camp September– December 1940
-Changing times April– October 1941
-They pass, they don’t stay with us May 1942
-The silent war of waiting, waiting in hunger October 1942– January 1943
-The Yanks are coming March– July 1943
-They came and they were like us, but they went, to where we knew not September 1943– March 1944
-We knew the face of one who died June 1944
-A thousand rats to die September 1944
-The enemy, my friend October– December 1944
-The Last of the Enemy January– February 1945
-A few return, too few March– May 1945

If you are fascinated about World War II or if you are keen to know more about it from the perspective of a woman who had seen it as a child, this book is a must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wartime childhood 23 Oct 2014
By Amazon Customer #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
The author wrote this book while in her seventies, pointing out that while she aimed to tell the truth, this depends on her memory. Although I am some years younger than her, I couldn't write in as much detail about my childhood as she has done, even though I have a good memory for a lot of things. Then again, the author seems to have fond memories of childhood. I don't.

So it is that we get an incomplete but interesting account of somebody growing up during the war years, aged then approximately 4 or 5 when war started in 1939. The setting is a pit village in Derbyshire, and the author's father is a coalminer - and a staunch trade unionist. The author was too young to understand the politics in the beginning, but I'm sure her father added the details as she grew older :-)

The politics is only hinted at, but the father apparently made a comment along the lines that we'd always need coal. Subsequent events show that coal can be replaced.

Most of the story is about the day to day life in the village from a child's perspective - the shops, the school, the people and the events. There is a sketch map of the village and another of the inside layout of the author's home.

It's a fascinating book about a lifestyle that has been consigned to history, and pit closures are just one aspect of the changes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
An excellent enjoyable heart warming read.
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