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Don't Forget to Write: The true story of an evacuee and her family Paperback – 23 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (23 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091932505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091932503
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her story - and the way she tells it - is fascinating" (London Tonight blog)

"A charming and intelligent account" (Historical Novels Review)

"Hobbs's story is both enlightening and endearing" (Publishers Weekly)

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A warm-hearted World War 2 memoir – a tale of everyday survival, against a backdrop of evacuation and bombs

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This book is really a wonderful read. Although it deals with the experience of being evacuated during the second world war which must of been a hard thing to have to go through, it is written with humour and intelligence. The book also is very descriptive about life in England in general during those times without getting bogged down with too much detail. I really loved reading about Clarabelle too. All in all, a wonderfully written account of what it was like to be uprooted from your loved ones, taken miles away to the country to live as an evacuee as a young girl and then the trials and tribulations upon returning back to the family after evacuation. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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I loved this book, well written, pragmatic yet personal - a first-hand insight into the life of an evacuee and the war effort. The story is one that's shared by thousands of wartime children, wrenched from homes, scared and unsure, given to strangers to look after. Unthinkable in this day and age, yet a major part of our grandparents and elderly relatives childhoods still alive today. Pam Hobbs is a gifted writer, she has an eye for detail and conveys atmosphere vividly and succinctly. There is no gushing emotion in this book, it's real rather than nostalgic - straightforward and stiff upper lip, the very embodiment of how we just got on with the war. I learnt a lot - the contrast between plenty in the countryside and poverty in working class London. The fear which punctuated the pending invasion, the Blitz and the deadly doodlebugs, the rationing and the necessity of digging for victory and make-do-and-mend. But above all I loved Pam and her honest, hard working family.
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A lovely interesting story of family life.Well written and easy to follow.A nice book to curl up with on a winters evening. One of my best reads.I enjoyed it so much I just had to buy another for my mother in law who also enjoyed it. A must for anyone who enjoys nice family stories. Thank you Pat for sharing with us your family life.
Susan.
N. Wales.
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Lovely book about the experiences of a young evacuee. Mostly, but not always happy experiences, and the mixed emotions of going home at the end of the war and leaving their 'other' family.
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Although I enjoyed the book, it was not as I expected it to be. I had hoped it would include more information about what it was like to be an evacuee, but although there was some information about this, the book then told of life after the evacuee returned home. Quite disappointing.
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I loved this book, although I've read several of others on the subject of child evacuees this to me was much more personal with Pam Hobbs writing from her own experience rather than the others just having snippets of people's experiences, yes like another reviewer says it's not solely about her time as an evacuee but also before and after the war, having myself been born in the 1950's it gave an interesting insight into what life was like in the 1940's. I was reading it before I went to work, while I was waiting for the dinner to cook, I couldn't put it down and read it in 3 days which for me was a miracle so it must be good. Apparently she is working on a follow up and I can't wait!
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I am only half way through this book, and I love it. It is so well written and really draws you into the lives of this family. It is both funny and sad, you wont want to put it down.
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Was very interested to read this true story as they were evacuated to Leigh on sea which is about five miles from where I live so I could recognise lots of things she wrote about. I enjoyed this book very much.
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