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Initial post: 22 Aug 2011 16:13:26 BDT
Hello, i'm getting a kindle for my husbands grandmother and am about to order some books for her to read. I'm a little stuck as to what to get. She loves biographies and memoirs, she recently read sir david attenboroughs' and thoroughly enjoyed it. She loved the adventure in it as she was a bit of a traveller herself. So far i have rudyard kipling biography. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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Posted on 24 Aug 2011 00:32:19 BDT
V Marzello says:
She might like A Tiger's Wedding by the actress Isla Blair - it's a fascinating and beautifully written memoir. She writes about an idyllic childhood in India (her father was a tea planter) that was abruptly ended when she was sent 'home' to board school in Scotland at the age of 6. It's sad in parts, but it's certainly not a 'misery memoir' - it's moving and uplifting, and the descriptions of India are particularly wonderful.

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V Marzello says:
Hi Mrs Sedgwick! I replied to this earlier, but I'm new to this - not sure I've done it correctly, but hope you got my message. Good luck with your search! :o)

Posted on 24 Aug 2011 12:56:05 BDT
Thanks so much for the suggestion, it sounds perfect! I will definetly add that book to the list (and have a read of it myself)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2011 13:16:37 BDT
V Marzello says:
I'm glad it was helpful - so nice to find a book one can readily recommend to older relatives! I really enjoyed it. Let me know what you thought!

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Posted on 26 Aug 2011 15:10:25 BDT
I'm reading Four Meals for Fourpence and - even though I'm young - I think it might appeal to your granny-in-law. It's about growing up in 1920's Wapping.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2011 15:12:03 BDT
That does sound interesting!

Posted on 28 Aug 2011 12:29:57 BDT
Moorsman says:
If your granny-in-law has World War Two memories, she might like this just published wartime diary. It's by an RAF officer's wife who quits the London RAF social scene to work with the Land Girls in the New Forest, doing primitive farming by hand & pony transport. She loves it! It's not a Kindle book but it's a topic which might appeal & it's full of old photos - something Kindle books can't do well.
The Milk Lady at New Park Farm: The Wartime Diary of Anne McEntegart June 1943 - February 1945

Posted on 28 Aug 2011 23:59:22 BDT
K.M Foster says:
Your Gran may like this, its a personal account of sixties life in Cornwall, and the worlds first oil tanker disaster just off the Cornish coast, its about the Torry Canyon, and a little boy's life in sixties Cornwall

Proper Cornish Childhood (one)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2011 07:03:38 BDT
Michael R says:
Try My book 'RIVERS CANALS AND A YOUNG LAD' It's an easy book to read, full of humour and perhaps a little different from the usual Biography.
Read the feedback you may find she will be able to relate to those times. Mike.

Posted on 29 Aug 2011 11:28:55 BDT
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How squeamish is your granny-in-law? My partner's grandmother absolutely adored Jennifer Worth's Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950S, which I've recently read on my Kindle. It's a really gripping account of an East End midwife in the 1950s. And if she is really unshockable she might like Barbara Tate's West End Girls which covers a similar period as seen by a maid working in a Soho brothel. Again, my own granny-in-law was utterly gripped by it, but then she is not easily shocked. It's also on Kindle. Neither of them travel memoirs, but they do say the past is another country...

Going further back, I recently edited the memoir of a conscientious objector of the First World War, The Reluctant Tommy. It's a beautifully written story that combines a sweet romance with the horrors of battle and a young man's conversion to pacifism, and much of it takes place in Italy so it has a touch of the travel memoir / adventure to it. It's available on Kindle as well.

Hope she enjoys the Kindle and whatever you load onto it for her!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2011 19:19:45 BDT
One Woman's War by Eileen Younghusband. Eileen Younghusband vividly reveals the unsung heroism of Fighter Command's Filter Room during the Second World War. One Woman's War is living, breathing history, resonant with warmth and personality. She is truly a remarkable woman.One Woman's War

Posted on 4 Sep 2011 05:25:05 BDT
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Posted on 5 Sep 2011 18:07:40 BDT
Peckham Cry

Written as fiction...This novel is set just after WW11 in South East London. Sylvia is an adopted child whose adoptive mother is dinstinctly cold and hostile towards her, while her adoptive father seems to love her - perhaps just a little bit too much. Fortunately Sylvia is a very resiliant child and can cope with the knocks dished out to her. She finds refuge in her books, and with her little pet mouse Mickey. One day however, the truth comes out and she is placed into children's homes for her own safety but they are not the safe haven one thinks. Running away from them Sylvia is placed in a mental hospital as the Welfare authorities are at their wits end as to what to do with her. Upon release, Sylvia ends up living rough on the streets, surviving as a prostitute, and only the birth of her child makes her determined to turn her life around.
This story is about finding that light at the end of a tunnel.
Child abuse is very prevalent in today's society but help is more available now. Cast your mind back to 1944 and ask whether help was available then.
All proceeds from this book - priced at 86p - 99c will go to help augment child abuse charities.
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2011 17:48:55 BDT
Mrs M Sedgwick

I admit to a tinge of jealousy when I read that you were buying a Kindle for your husband's grandmother, primarily because I'm a grandfather and I had to buy my own. Whilst I'm not bitter I will find ways of bringing up the subject with my family at every possible opportunity.
However, I did notice that there are several similarities between your husband's grandmother and me; clearly we are somewhere near the same age group and we both like adventure and travel. Please don't raise your eyes and groan when I tell you that I have written a book describing the adventure that my wife and I had when we sailed off to the Mediterranean for thirteen years. It was published last year in paperback and then as an e-book in June of this year. The book relates the story of our passage from the UK to the Mediterranean in our small sailing boat and the years as a skipper and wife team running an eighty foot motor yacht for an eccentric multimillionaire. We met many characters in our travels, which took in France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Sicily and finally Mallorca where we lived for five years before returning to the UK in retirement mode. You can check details of the book entitled 'Drink, Dear boy?' on the Amazon site. If you do decide to download it onto your step grandma's Kindle, I hope she enjoys it and has a good laugh.

Best Wishes
Alwyne Chappell

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Posted on 13 Sep 2011 12:45:42 BDT
maggie says:
As a 'granny' myself I have enjoyed Ellen Macarthur, Chris Bonnington, and Joe Simpson to name a few. Ellen has several books and I am sure they would be enjoyed.
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