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5.0 out of 5 stars WW 11. A Unique Insight. by Paddy Cummins, 30 Jan. 2014
This review is from: 'Cos That's The Way It Was ('CosThat's The Way It Used To Be) (Kindle Edition)
For those of us avid readers of World War Two books, who felt we were experts on all aspects of that tragic episode, Lilian Wookey’s unique creation ‘COS THAT’S THE WAY IT WAS’ is an eye-opener and an insight into the real cruelty of the war, especially on poor families and children.

I have read most of the great WW11 books, and am well aware of the horror and the suffering of all those directly involved. I knew only too well of the Blitz, and the destruction and devastation it caused, but after all those years, it has taken Lilian’s little book to educate me on the real sacrifices endured, the forbearance displayed, and the resilience of the British women and children, without whose courage and ingenuity, the war effort could hardly have succeeded.

Beautifully written in child-speak, this memoir is gripping and harrowing in its own simple way, and is a remarkable account of childhood memories, especially as it is recalled and told so many decades since its living.

Jane, the main character, is a loving, intelligent, perceptive, and sensitive child, and in her own naivety and simplicity, portrays a poignant, but powerful illustration of the futility of war, and the catastrophic effect it inflicts on the lives of innocent people.

This is a simple little book, but the story line is strong and well constructed. It deserves to be published and widely read. It is a gem, a memoir that will jerk your emotions, a story that will remain with you forever.

Paddy Cummins
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