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The Past Was Always Present - Overcoming the trauma of wartime evacuation to America

The Past Was Always Present - Overcoming the trauma of wartime evacuation to America [Kindle Edition]

Helen Hunter

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"I did find The Past was Always Present, very interesting and well written, and also very disturbing. Helen's was one of the nastiest evacuee experiences I have come across, and my heart bleeds for those poor children.
It's Helen's triumph that she managed to make a good adult life for herself. And I greatly admire her for so lucidly recording what happened to her as an evacuee and when she came home again. It's a book that needed to be written, and deserves to be read."
- Jessica Mann, author 'Out Of Harm's Way, The Wartime Evacuation of Children from Britain'.

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Evocative snippets of 1920-1960s Britain and Canada shine through this personal story, as one of the least known dramas of the Second World War is brought to life. Three small children are plucked from their home in Scotland, and placed indiscriminately in the home of an abusive American foster carer, by The American Committee for the Evacuation of British Children.

Through the eyes of Helen, a spirited, tormented child, we witness her bewilderment as she tries to protect herself, and her younger siblings, from the danger within their temporary home. Eventually, the authorities intervene, and the children return to Scotland.

Catapulted back after five years, to the strangeness of a home she doesn’t remember, Helen struggles to cope with more secrets, lies and abandonment.  Fear of desertion follows her into adulthood, and causes this feisty young woman, to make decisions that will significantly affect her life.

Not until she confronts her fear, and turns a spotlight on the negative emotions that control her destiny, can she step out of her past and into her present. Her own woman at last.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050PKAZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #631,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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