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Luck of the Irish: Powerful Saga of an Irish Family Arriving in England Just as World War II Is Declared [Hardcover]

Ronnie Carroll
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25 Sep 2012
Luck of the Irish World War II has produced unspeakable horrors. The war ended 67 years ago yet still more human dramas are. emerging. The personal consequences to families and individuals, of their nature, were not the subject of historical record. But nevertheless pain and sorrow was deep and lasting. Our story covers the experiences of an Irish family forced to emigrate. They could barely afford to eat let alone clothe themselves. From this anguish and despair they found that they'd landed in England right at the outbreak of war. We follow the consequences of the evacuation to the children. The two boys experienced cruelty, violent beatings and deprivation. One of the two girls was abused by a paedophile. They were both then confined in a convent for five years. Noel and Ronnie had eventful military experiences and Mary and Clare had hapless and very unfortunate marriages. Mrs Carroll on her own, performed miracles to create a home and an income for the family, in the absence if the father who had gone off and volunteered for the army. Many families paid a high price for the government policy of evacuation; ostensibly "for their protection" But none suffered more than the Carroll family. Ronnie's family, including his wife of 44 years, died around him. In sadness and desolation he foresaw only a lonely old age in front of him - then came a phone call from Australia
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (25 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477123539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477123539
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,083,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an absorbing book covering the history of an Irish immigrant family arriving in London just before the outbreak of World War Two. The story largely follows the children's journey, especially the authors, during the tumultuous years of the war. It paints a grim picture of the consequence and realities of the governments Evacuation policy. This was designed to get young children to safety in the country as London was being bombed. But it had many dire unplanned for and unforeseen effects. Many kids were under five when they were sent away, not knowing where they would end up - and those that took them in had mixed motives. Many were generous but some were unscrupulous and exploited the children and took them just to get the money for their care. How Ronnie and his brother survived occupies the early chapters, and the scrapes they got into are both tragic and hilarious. They escaped and went on to lead interesting but very different lives. The two sisters also suffered during the war.
This book paints a vivid picture of a time in history and it goes on to unfold in a compelling way the lives of these children. WE follow Ronnie's adventures in the army and then in his dealings as a journalist, and subsequently a press officer, with M.P's and the world of politics. Then we see him move into the business world - yet more intrigue and a window on another world. Gripping and heart-warming, the tale ends with a further unanticipated twist. Engrossing, compelling and though provoking. Heartily recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The secrets of another generation 24 Sep 2013
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Ronnie Carroll's descriptions of the privations of war give colour and feeling to the sacrifices made by countless families. For some war and evacuation caused a calamitous breakdown of family, the consequences of which were felt for generations. By luck, or luck of the Irish, these experiences would provide those child evacuees with the drive to rebuild economies, communities and international relations, sometimes at the expense of personal relationships.

As the child of another evacuee who is named in the book (in a business context) and was alive at publication, this is a fascinating, if at times heartbreaking read. The secrets of my parents' generation were rarely broken which makes Ronnie's candidness all the more moving.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Got a refund 17 Sep 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
Self glorifying and disappointing. The writer is clearly bitter and it was so bad I got a refund. Shame the author kept all the names the same. He sure as hell wouldn't have expressed his views like this whilst the people involved were living.
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