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When the children came home,
This review is from: When the Children Came Home: Stories of Wartime Evacuees (Hardcover)
A book of this nature has been long overdue. The true story of the evacuation of British children during World War Two has been a topic that has really only been investigated fully in the last few years and, although plenty has been said about the going away and staying in the reception areas, little has been said about the children coming home and the impact it had, both on the children themselves, the family they returned to, and indeed the foster family they left behind.
Julie has skillfully woven together an inticrate strand of historical fact, personal accounts and human emotion, to produce an excellent account of life at the time and the effects post-war. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 24 Apr 2012 21:19:04 BDT
I agree, this aspect of the evacuation has not been dealt with so fully. Readers would find much of interest in Gwen Southgate's book, Coin Street Chronicles, which also deals with the difficulties of returning home. One reviewer on Amazon.com (the American site) wrote: "Gwen's honesty about herself and self-questioning while trying to make sense of experiences and her reactions to them makes it an immensely insightful and at the same time wonderfully humorous read ..". HelenCoin Street Chronicles: Memoirs of an Evacuee from London's Old South Bank
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