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Only Child (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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In this highly personal memoir, Christopher Meyer tells the story of the father he never knew and the impact this had on him as an only child growing up in post-war Britain. His father, Flight Lieutenant Reggie Meyer, an RAF pilot, was shot down and killed over the Greek island of Ikaria a few days before his son was born in 1944. Through his mother’s diary and family papers Christopher Meyer pieces together a wartime story of love, tragedy and sacrifice. Almost like a detective story, Only Child describes how Reggie’s family discover the circumstances of his death and how, years later, they recover the ring taken from his body. In 2011, thanks to a chance encounter on the internet, the author goes to Ikaria to meet surviving witnesses of the crashing aircraft. In a stunning climax, Only Child takes us to to the remote and beautiful island with its harrowing details of his father’s death and a moving ceremony of remembrance at the little mountain-top church where the islanders had buried him under the noses of German occupying forces.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1373 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GMI3ZN8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief but profoundly moving 16 Nov. 2013
By J MYLES
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This short memoir - all the more poignant because it can be devoured almost at one sitting - is a profoundly moving vignette on the effect of war on one family, and, especially, on one boy, who, in some ways, always remained a boy because he never knew his father, despite attaining high office. The banishing of any true grief for many years and the various foiled attempts at a pilgrimage to the crash site of his father's wartime plane are beautifully painted with deep honesty and the final sentence broke my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb short memoir 19 Nov. 2013
I found this to be a brave and beautiful memoir. A searingly honest tale of one family's emotional history and the politics which charts Meyer's evolution into adulthood. A fantastic read that is beautifully written by this accomplished author. I recommend this book as it will be informative and moving for all generations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only child 8 July 2014
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I enjoyed this book because it was a short story and to the point. It was sad to think the author grew up not ever knowing his father. The war took many lives and in this case, the author's father was killed many miles away from his home. It sounded an awful death but, the Greek people kept his spirit alive enabling his son to visit many years later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only child 4 May 2014
By Wendy
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I am glad Christopher was able to trace what happened to his father and write about the loss experienced by the family. It is written in a very factual way probably because the only way to survive a loss even if it is felt through a family member is by concentrating on living whilst searching for answers. My eldest brother's father was lost presumed dead over the Adriatic and he was brought up by grandparents. My mother never settled, a trait which seemed common when I looked into the families of the rest of the crew. We owe so much to these brave people and need to understand the effects on their families in order to aid the families of our existing servicemen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only child 17 Mar. 2014
By L A
I have enjoyed reading this book. My parents lived though the Second World War so although I was born in the late fifties I have heard some stories of the time and also lost relatives. The author also explores family dynamics and gives the reader an idea of how the War affected peoples personal lives. I was pleased the author got to his father's grave.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Holiday read 15 Mar. 2014
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I had no idea Christopher was so important that was a revelation however I have great interest in real life so I enjoyed his very factual account lightened by his wonderful sense of humour A very good read.
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I really enjoyed this book, Sometimes lovingly described, sometimes bluntly told, a topsy-turvy childhood in a different time.

Meyer's search for information about his Father, who was killed before his birth, informs the effect of his loss on his and that of his Mother's whole lives.

Mixtures of hilarity and the kindness of the islanders who gave his father and his colleague respectful funerals despite the presence of the Germans, and their tales of those days, passed down through generations.

A really nice book to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only child 5 Mar. 2014
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A short insight into the grief and loss that war visit on family life. The dignity and grace which the Greek islanders gave to his father's buriel was very touching.
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