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Deserving the prize,
This review is from: Far from the East End: The moving story of an evacuee's survival and search for home (Paperback)
I haven't read a better written, more transparent account of the trauma of wartime evacuation. In these unvarnished pages we live alongside a human spirit struggling and triumphing over adversity. It is social history with a human face, revealing from personal experience the huge divide between British classes in the 1940s, powerfully reminding us of the often long-term effects evacuation had on many children and families particularly from the East End. Gripping me from start to finish, from the separation and suffering of the Blitz to the peace and welcome of Wales, this journey of a lonely girl, growing up, speaks to us all. Not a dull page, not many without remembered pain, at times enlivened by embarrassingly down-to-earth language and the resilience of cockney humour. Plus an unexpected twist at the end. And this is just the first sixteen years of her life! No wonder she won the Saga prize.
Michael Henderson, author of 'See You After the Duration - the story of British Evacuees to North America in World War II'(foreword by Sir Martin Gibert), 'No Enemy to Conquer - Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World' (foreword by the Dalai Lama) and nine other books.