HL Chesworth

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The Female Few: Spitfire Heroines of the Air Trans&hellip by Jacky Hyams
Having known nothing about the role of the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War, I was very interested in this account of the part played by a group of spirited and courageous women pilots who ferried planes from factories and repair centres to the bases from which male pilots would be flying them into battle.
Based on interviews with five ATA survivors, the book not only creates a vivid picture of the work done by these long-lived women during the war. Their stories, as told to Jack Hyams, provide a fascinating record of changes in life-styles and attitudes over the past seventy years; and this was, for me, the most interesting aspect of The Female Few.
Bombsites and Lollipops: My 1950s East End Childho&hellip by Jacky Hyams
69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Bombsite and Lollipops tells the story of the author's childhood in Hackney, north-east London, in the years following the Second World War: an age of shortages, rationing, queues, power-cuts, cold and all-pervasive greyness. She grows up in a slum scarred by bomb damage, in a flat in a block with a stinking rubbish chute, but the life that she and her parents lead is way out of the ordinary. Her father, known as Ginger Sid, is a street bookie with a string of shady contacts - he and her mother at one point attend a party given by the Krays - and the family eat well (thanks to the Black Market), dress stylishly, employ a cleaner and a baby-sitter and are driven in a Daimler when they go for… Read more