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Birmingham Blitz [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Annie Murray , Julia Franklin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Feb 2006
Genie Watkins, a Birmingham kid, dreams of having a proper happy family like her Italian friend, Teresa. But it's August 1939. Genie hasn't reckoned with the outbreak of war, her already rocky family being split up and the strangely liberating effect it has on her mother. Narrated in the cheeky, courageous voice of Genie, the disasters that follow display her powerful capacity for survival. Under skies darkened by blackout she tries to hold her family together, keeps up her spirits with her nan and glamorous auntie Lil, shares her fears and hopes with Teresa and amid it all discovers love . . . Family life seems set to be destroyed as violently as the city streets around them. But from the rubble come extraordinary surprises, glimpses of hope - and, above all, a miraculous resilience.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd (Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845593693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845593698
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,061,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first 'Birmingham' novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including The Bells of Bournville Green, sequel to the bestselling Chocolate Girls, and A Hopscotch Summer. Annie has four children and lives near Reading.

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THE BITTERSWEET, ENTHRALLING TALE OF A WARTIME FAMILY
Genie Watkins, a Birmingham kid, dreams of having a proper happy family like her Italian friend Teresa. But it's August 1939. Under skies darkened by blackout she tries to hold her family together, and amid it all discovers love. . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Annie Murray was born in 1961 in Berkshire, and took her degree in English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first job took her to Birmingham where she met and married her husband, John. They have four children. In 1991 she won a SHE-Granada TV Short Story competition and was taken on by an agent. Her first novel, Birmingham Rose was published in 1995. This has been followed by several other bestselling Birmingham sagas including, most recently, The Narrowboat Girl, Chocolate Girls and Water Gypsies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading 12 April 2008
By Val H
Format:Paperback
A story of a family of women trying to cope and survive during the blitz in Birmingham,it made me thankful that I haven't had to face the hardships of families being split. Loved ones parted, husbands and children seperated. The story was a little bit of a tear jerker towards the end. A very good read, again like all of Annie Murray's books I could not put it down till I had finished reading it even though I had read it twice before. What I find with all the Author's book, she certainly must carry out a lot of research, her books are full of little snippits of information that take you back in time and reminds you of the things you forgot about when you were young, expecially as most of her books are all set in the area of Birmingham and the fact that I was born in the area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOMEN AT WAR! 25 Mar 2012
By Sharpy
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This story by Annie Murray lived up to expectations - the lives of women during WW2 - and how they intermingle. Very enjoyable read if you like Annie's style and I do! It all seems so real!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you back 28 Oct 2013
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Super story. Gave me an insight into the lives of people during world war two and how they just got on with life. Good author. Understands the people well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birmingham Blitz 16 Sep 2013
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Another amazing book by Annie Murray.Funny in places & very sad in others but a great book none the less.Really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birmingham Blitz 4 Aug 2013
By Laney
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I always like Annie Murray books and bought several at this time. The historical side was accurate and gave a good picture of a Birmingham family struggling together under the pressures of war
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillaint story 15 July 2013
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Annie Murray really makes the characters come to life in her books. I am rapidly running out of books to read from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 12 Mar 2014
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This book was really good, it kept me reading on and on I could not put my kindle down.Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birmingham Blitz 10 Mar 2014
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Love Annie Murray books and this one didn't disappoint, especially as they are based in the Birmingham area. Excellent read.
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