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Britain's Wartime Evacuees: The People, Places and Stories of the Evacuations Told Through the Accounts of Those Who Were There (Voices from the Past) by [Mawson, Gillian]
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About the Author

Gillian Mawson has made a particular study of the evacuations of the Second World War. She has organised evacuee reunions, provided research to radio and television documentaries on the subject of evacuation and run a community group for evacuees. She is also the author of two other books on the evacuees. Gillian lives in Whalley Bridge, Derbyshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14975 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (30 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MR4FUGS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #738,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fabulous; so extensively researched and written with great sensitvity ; excellent read.
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I received this book as a late Christmas present.

Review of “Voices From The Past – Britain’s Wartime Evacuees”
By Gillian Mawson
First, let me declare an interest; I was a Guernsey war-time evacuee at age 4 years.
It is immediately apparent that this book is the result of extensive research. The recollections of evacuees are arranged in chapters with linking prose by the author. Each contribution is referenced with a sequential number with the contributor and source given in the notes at the end of the book.
The work is well-written and gives a very good account of the many aspects of the huge organisational undertaking which was the evacuation of mainly children from perceived dangerous areas of Great Britain, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar. It does not shrink from reporting where problems were experienced; for the evacuees, their relatives, and for those charged with caring, supervising and fostering.
It is apparent that many people found the switching of home life from one family to another and then back again a traumatic experience. Some suffered mentally, some physically and some materially. Others grew to love their wartime carers more than their own family, and some of these took up permanent residence with their carers after the war.
It is clear that some evacuees remembered far more than others. Some names crop up in several chapters, with relatively lengthy stories. I marvel at this because I have only one recollection of my journey from home to a new address in Bolton; our ship passing a somewhat rusty “gun tower” at the entrance to the English harbour. Certain periods in my evacuation are blank, but this book gives me plenty of ideas as to what might have happened during those periods.
All-in-all, this is a fascinating record of a difficult period in our history. I recommend it.
Eric Brett
30 January 2017
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I originally bought the first book by this author for my son to give him an insight as to what it was like during the war and to help him with his gcse history, He has now read all 3 and cannot get enough. Amazingly written this author draws you in and truly transport you back in time. The stories of the evacuees and their families are written with true emotion and infinite detail, you will struggle putting this book down until you reach the end. A definite must!! Big thumbs up to the author for yet another wonderfully written book. Definitely an author to keep your eye on.
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The author has brought to life the story of children sent away from parents to total strangers, in a different environment to their own.
The book is a valuable account of the effect the evacuation had on children, parents and foster parents.
I consider it is important that this book is read not only today, but the excellent comprehensive information it contains must always be available in libraries and will be essential for researchers in the future.
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