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Our Yanks [Paperback]

Margaret Mayhew
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15 Jan 2001
I STILL REMEMBER THE YANKS, ALMOST MORE THAN I DO THE WAR’ A Suffolk woman. It was August 1943 – and the inhabitants of King’s Thorpe had lived with the idea of invasion for some time – but by the Germans, not the Americans. The village had never seen anything like them before – certainly they were different with their wealth, their glamour, and their louche but romantic uniforms. Some of the older villagers, like the Brigadier, resented them on sight, others welcomed them with weak tea and fish paste sandwiches. But in some lives they were to make a long-lasting and emotional impact – most especially young Sally Barnet from the bakery, Agnes Dawe, the Rector’s daughter, and newly-widowed Lady Beauchamp from the Manor.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; 1st Paperback Edition edition (15 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552148229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552148221
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Yanks invade a small Northamptonshire village in the Second World War.

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'I STILL REMEMBER THE YANKS, ALMOST MORE THAN I DO THE WAR' It was August 1943 - and into the quiet country village of King's Thorpe roared a Fighter Group of the American Eighth Army Air Force. The villagers had never seen anything like them before. They were glamorous, exciting, and ready to win the war. Some, like the Brigadier, called them 'Damned Yanks' and hated them on sight. They were late for this war just like they'd been for the last. They chewed gum, smoked in the street and whistled at girls. Young Sally Barnet from the bakery - fifteen-going-on-eighteen - thought them gorgeous and used her large blue eyes to good advantage. Timid Miss Cutteridge found herself forming a warm and wonderful friendship with Corporal Bilsky, who didn't know how to use a cake fork but was great at digging her garden. Nine-year-old Tom Hazlet discovered the Yanks were an excellent source of business and traded stolen eggs for cigarettes which he sold at a profit. He really liked the Yanks. On young, newly-widowed Erika Beauchamp, and Agnes Dawes, the Rector's daughter, the Americans were to make an overwhelming emotional impact. The one thing you couldn't do about the Yanks was ignore them, and finally everyone - even the Brigadier - came to accept them as their own. They became OUR YANKS.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed this book which although viewing life in WW2 from a different viewpoint, was nevertheless quite gripping in that one wished to know what would happen to these diverse people, some of whom lived in what, to a comparitively wealthy American, would appear to be abject poverty. The effect on the lives of both the villagers and the 'Yanks' was quite graphically depicted and, as it was in WW2, there was no neatly wrapped up ending, more a satisfactory conclusion to a confusing episode in the lives of villagers who previously would rarely venture beyond the nearest county town if that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely wartime novel 20 Jan 2002
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I have never read any of Margaret Mayhews books before but after reading this one I will definately be doing so.
Our Yanks tells the story of a small village coping with the war and the effect that the arrival of the Americans has on everyone, from the young girls who fall in love ,to the older ladies who are gratefull for the companionship and household help they get ,to the old Brigadier who at first is opposed to the yanks but in time comes to accept them and apprieciates their help.
This book was one that once I picked it up I just wanted to carry on reading and I wish it had been a lot longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read! 21 April 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This is the second story by Ms. Mayhew that I've recently read, (Bluebirds was the first) and I found it to be a terrific story of life in WWII.It's amazing how the author can make us feel as if we know the characters!I have just been intoduced to Ms. Mayhew's work, and look forward to reading more! Thanks to Amazon for providing us "Yanks" with these wonderful English authors who aren't available here in the States.I highly recommend this author if you enjoy books which help us understand what it must have been like to live in England during WWII. Thank you Ms. Mayhew!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A another good book by Ms. Mayhew 4 Oct 2001
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If you are a fan of books set during World War 2, then Margaret Mayhew is the writer for you. Our Yanks, tells how the United States Air Force coming to a small British town,changes the lives all of its residents forever. Another great from Ms. Mayhew
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The front of the book almost says it all and at the same time not. This book is predictable and reminds me of an old TV series called "Till We Meet Again". It is in a way like a history book and could be a really nice introduction for a teenager that knows nothing about WWII and what it was like when the Yanks arrived to a war fatigued Britain.
It is 1943 and the little village King's Thorpe has so far been spared enemy bombings and yanks but of course have suffered through years of food and clothing rations and loosing the young men to different services. The novel lets us follow a few of the villagers. The vicar's daughter Agnes, that foolishly got engaged to a not so nice British man from the village in 1941. Lady Beauchamp, a young widow since Dunkirk, who has had to flee London with her little son, to live with her mother-in-law, at the family country estate. Miss Cutteridge, who has lived alone ever since her fiancée died in the Boer War. Little Tom, who desperately understands how poor they are and how much his mother struggles to keep them all alive and is trying to shoulder the burden of support in his own ways. And then there is the baker's strictly watched daughter Sally that has bleached her hair and is only 15 but looks like 18.
When it is announced that the Yanks are coming to take over the old RAF aerodrome, there are grumblings throughout the village. They are not welcome. Villagers fear that there will be nothing but trouble. And trouble is what arrives. The clashes are many. After all the yanks that arrive are just young "boys" and will behave as such. Many attempts are made to make peace between the two allies. Dances, socials...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid read 18 Aug 2001
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I enjoyed this book, more so that I enjoyed MM's previous novels, The Crew and Bluebirds, but there are other authors who I feel do a better job with WW2 stories of this kind, most notably Lilian Harry and Elizabeth Elgin. I don't find MM's characters as absorbing as the ones in their novels, there is not always as much depth of characterisation. However, there is nothing particularly offensive about this book. Reading this is a good way to spend a lazy Sunday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars go get the book 5 Mar 2014
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l am still reading book and l know i have made a good choice ,book is a excellent read will get more books from author .
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