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Billet Boy: The candid and compelling story of a WWII evacuee
 
 

Billet Boy: The candid and compelling story of a WWII evacuee [Kindle Edition]

William Mansfield
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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It is 1940 and the world is at war. Liverpool during the Blitz is a terrifying place to be as, night after night, German bombers swarm overhead like malevolent bees, destroying the valuable docks and forcing people deeper into the air-raid shelters.

Meet Billy, a brave young boy who is living in this war-torn city with Mam, his little sister Lilly and, as Billy strongly suspects, a German spy! Shockingly, their home is targeted by the bombers, and Billy is sent away from his mother, evacuated to Lancaster with Lilly.

Suddenly, apart from the rationing that makes him forever hungry, the war seems a world away from Billy’s new life as he goes from billet to billet, making friends, discovering girls and scrumping his way through the orchards of Lancaster.

Sometimes sad; often triumphant, this funny, endearing and inspiring true-life story takes the reader on an evocative journey to the past, celebrating the resilience and ingenuity of youth during wartime and beyond.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 682 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LSWMWS2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a book about war 4 Dec 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Often books covering life during the second world war fail to capture the imagination and feel cliché, exaggerated and a touch depressing but Billet Boy was a breath of fresh air and made me smile and laugh. Narrated from the view of a young boy growing up in Liverpool and Lancaster during the darkest days of war, the story refreshingly doesn't dwell on war and instead uses it as a backdrop with the focus firmly on the trials and tribulations of the cheeky Billy Mansfield. The book is a great social insight to basic war time living, but more importantly, it's a brilliantly simplistic and honest account of what it was like to be a young lad growing up in the 1940s. Looking forward to the follow up and keen to see if the author can capture the mood and honesty of the era to the same level when not narrating from a child's perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem! 11 Aug 2014
By Rose
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Trapped by poverty and yet as free as a bird. This simply told story, of life through the eyes of a young boy during the war, made me laugh and made me cry. Understated and devoid of self pity. I loved it!
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Loved this! You can't help but love the young Billy - a lovable rogue who gets upto all sorts of mischief.
You really do get a feel of what it was like for child refugees in WW2 and it wasn't all like a movie fairy tale!
It's probably most suited to older teenagers and adults but some excerpts would be great for younger kids studying the war in school.
I really do want to hear about the next stage in young Billy's life and am looking forward to it going on sale soon!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling read 20 July 2014
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An interesting and honest account of a young boy's hard life during the war.
Really looking forward to reading what Billy gets up to during the next phase of his life.
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A really enjoyable read - I couldn't put it down! It gives a very good insight into life as an evacuee during WW2. I loved the style in which it was written - one minute funny, the next sad. I cannot wait for the next instalment - I hope we don't have to wait too long.
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By K S
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A wonderfully personal account of a wartime childhood. A real insight into the hardships experienced along with the reality of day to day life. Well written, easy reading that had me gripped from the start. We want to know what followed please Billy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 28 Aug 2014
By Betty
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Reviewed as an 'older' woman, I could identify with the occasional scary feelings, living as a child during the war, in the early forties, also with the amount of freedom of living we had in those days but of course, being female, we couldn't take things quite as far as the lads did. Our evacuee boys taught me how to tickle trout in a defunct mill stream but we never needed to scrump apples and veggies were plentiful from a large garden. I congratulate William Mansfield on being able to put those years into some sort of calendar to make it appear seamless! Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend - a great read. 27 July 2014
By AHB78
Format:Kindle Edition
A thoroughly enjoyable read; William really captivates life as a young evacuee and takes you with him on his incredible journey. Highly recommend it!
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