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Mavis's Shoe - Not just a good read - it is a book to talk about.
on 3 March 2011
This book made me sit up right from the start. Lenny Gillespie tells the story - a nine year old who loses her little sister Mavis (who she is supposed to be looking after) just as the bombs start to fall at the beginning of the Clydeside Blitz. The blitz on Clydeside, which began on March 13th 1941, is not as widely known about as it should be - it was the most terrible concentrated bombing of the Second World War. Clydeside was flattenned - and why more deaths were not recorded is a mystery to many. Lenny doesn't take shelter - she is desperately seeking Mavis as the terrible bombs fall around her. The bombers came again, the next night - and still Mavis is not to be found - nor is Lenny's mother. It is an agonising tale - a young girl wrestling with what is going on around her - 'nothing makes sense'- everything is 'upside down and the wrong way up'. The grown-ups who enter the story are carefully crafted - and then there is little Rosie - curiously like Mavis it seems - who attaches herself to Lenny - and all the while Lenny carries a shoe which she has found during her search - she thinks it might be her wee sister's shoe - Mavis's Shoe. Close your eyes and you are right there on the Kilbowie Road - and later, in Carbeth. It is a work of fiction - but the author has done her homework which really brings Lenny's story to life. This is the best book I have read in a long time. Why has more not been written about and around The Clydeside Blitz ? I close the book wanting to know more about what actually happenned on these terrible nights in March 1941.