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Kisses on a Postcard [Kindle Edition]

Terence Frisby
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13th June, 1940. Carefully labelled, and each clutching a little brown suitcase, Terry, aged seven, and his elder brother Jack, eleven, stand amid the throng of chattering children which crowds the narrow platform at Welling station, awaiting the steam engine which will pull them and their fellow evacuees across the country towards their secret destination - and a new life... In the tiny Cornish backwater of Doublebois the brothers find they have swapped the newly built streets of suburban London for the joys of the countryside. The woods become their playground, tree-climbing, rabbit-catching and night-fishing their new pastimes. But it is the railway, above all, which delights them. The main London to Penzance line runs through a cutting right below the small community, the goods yard and siding lie a couple of hundred yards down the line: to the two young sons of a railway worker, No. 7 the Railway Cottages seems the perfect new home.And despite a not-always-friendly rivalry between local kids and the ‘vackies', village life under the care of irreverent, Welsh ex-miner Uncle Jack and his generous wife Aunty Rose is idyllic. That is, until the bombing of nearby Plymouth and tragic news from the Front shatter the peace of Doublebois, a reminder of the brutal reality of a war which at times seems so far away.Warm-hearted and moving, Kisses on a Postcard is a vivid and intimate portrait of a forgotten part of our wartime history; a compelling and uplifting memoir of growing up in an extraordinary time.

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'In World War Two evacuation was often more frightening for a child than the air-raids from which he was being saved, so it is surprising and delightful to read a positive account of the experience. Frisby has done something difficult: he has made good times and good people more fun to read about than any melodrama, in a book that leaves one feeling grateful and happy' Diana Athill

About the Author

TERENCE FRISBY is a playwright, actor, director and producer. His most famous play, There's A Girl In My Soup, was London's longest-running comedy and a worldwide smash hit. His script of the film, which starred Peter Sellers and Goldie Hawn, won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for the Best British Comedy Screenplay. His other plays are performed internationally. He has written many television comedy series: Lucky Feller with David Jason, and That's Love, which won the Gold Award for Comedy at Houston IFF. As producer, he is most proud of presenting the multi-award-winning South African Waza Albert at the Criterion Theatre, London, and subsequently off-Broadway. His BBC Radio 4 play, Just Remember Two Things: It's Not Fair and Don't Be Late, from which Kisses On A Postcard sprang, won the Giles Cooper Play of the Year Award. A musical stage version was produced at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple in 2004. Terence is currently mounting a production of it for London's West End.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1089 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408800586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408800584
  • ASIN: B002VQ7QCG
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kisses on a Postcard, by Terence Frisby 20 Oct. 2009
Playwright, actor and director Terence Frisby's most famous play is There's a Girl in My Soup, the West End's longest running comedy. He and older brother Jack, aged seven and eleven respectively, were WWII evacuees, in the Cornish hamlet of Doublebois, where they lived with `Uncle Jack', a former Welsh miner with good old-Labour views, and his warm-hearted wife `Auntie Rose'.

The brothers remained in Cornwall for three years, and fully entered the rural life there, whose outstanding personalities ranged from Miss Polmanor, a starchy Wesleyan Methodist, to Miss Polmanor's charge Elsie, a highly sexualised teenager, who succeeded in getting herself impregnated by one of the many American GI's billeted here throughout the course of the war.

As a kind of watermark permeating the whole living texture of this charming wartime memoir is the benign presence of Uncle Jack and Auntie Rose, two very warm-hearted, gentle and generous people, for whom Jack and Terry's well-being is uppermost - one imagines not automatically the fate of child evacuees in wartime.

The story has previous incarnations as a play, Just Remember Two Things: It's Not Fair and Don't Be Late, and as a stage musical based on that play.

What critics and bloggers have said:

`Terence Frisby has done something difficult: he has made good times and good people more fun to read about than any melodrama, in a book that leaves one feeling grateful and happy.' Diana Athill

`I will say it again, a lovely lovely lovely book.' Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover

`Frisby's book is an antidote to those misery memoirs which crop up everywhere.' `I predict a classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kisses on a postcard by Terence Frisby 19 Oct. 2009
Kisses on a Postcard is a true account of the experiences of Terence and his brother Jack during their evacuation to Cornwall from London during World war 2.

The evacuees soon start their own war against the local children and their story is both funny and moving.
They quickly learn the ways of the countryside, while Elsie from the end cottage willingly broadens their knowledge of the birds and the bees. This is a brilliant account of an event that we hope will never be repeated.

The title refers to a clever code devised by their Mother. Kisses on a postcard sent home denoted that they were well treated, while no kisses meant they wanted to come home. Fortunately Terence drew a whole ring of kisses around his postcard.

Bill Sutton Coventry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming read 22 Sept. 2009
The story of two evacuee children during the Second World War. The author and his brother Jack are sent to the tiny Cornish hamlet of Doublebois, where they enjoy three wonderful years being looked after by 'Uncle Jack' and 'Auntie Rose'. This is a wonderfully warm account of those times, and an experience almost to be envied from the window of modern life, despite the reminders of the realities of war. No 7 Railway Cottages seems an infinitely wonderful place to be, proving that things don't have to glitter to be gold. Loved this book, and can't wait to see the promised musical. Why Kisses on a Postcard? I won't spoil it for you. Read the book and find out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Family's War 29 Dec. 2009
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I loved this story of childhood set during the Second World War. Some of the contents may be new to younger readers who may be unaware of the privations imposed on London citizenry during that period.But the story is told accurately and, maybe more importantly, succinctly. The writing is clear and straightforward. There is an excellent portrayal of the relationship between the two young evacuees and their mother on one hand and with their "uncle and aunt" on the other. Terence Frisby describes a burgeoning interest in the countryside (which I hope was later brought to fruition). He has captured the loneliness of a child away from home and balanced that with the welcome the boys got in Cornwall.I loved the abrupt ending, told unemotionally, as I feel this is how their lives as evacuees finished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming wartime story 11 Feb. 2010
By A. Hope
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This is a truly delightful heart warming read. I now feel as if I really knew "Aunty Rose" and " Uncle Jack", Terence Frisby has recreated his childhood self, and the world he found himself living in so beautifully, that the voices of these wonderful people ring out. So often with wartime memoirs we read of hardship, struggle, over whelming tragedy. loss and sorrow, but here we have a story of how two London brothers were welcomed into the home of a welsh couple in a tiny Cornish village, and the wonderful life they found for themselves there and the lessons that life taught them. We see Jack and Terry wage a wintery war on the village kids, and see poor Terry become a little sweet on Elsie - who is older and much more knowledgable about certain things. Jack and Terry soon become a part of this tiny remote community, where the arrival of black American soldiers isn't met with prejudice so much as sheer amazement. Of course not everyone is as lovely as Jack and Rose their foster parents, another constant presence is Miss Polmanor poor Elsie's gaudian, a relgious zealot who is hard and unyeilding. A thouroughly good read.
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