Mango And Mimosa Paperback – 4 Oct 2001
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She is resolutely outward looking, recording the sights and sounds of an extraordinary childhood with blazing clarity and calm affection....The charm of this book floods the mind with proxy pleasures (SPECTATOR )
In this engaging memoir, she demonstrates how an unconventional childhood can be the best possible preparation for an adventurous adult life. Stamina and humour shine through this book (TLS )
This memoir is a fascinating piece of history, as well as a portrait of a courageous and remarkable woman. (DAILY EXPRESS )
* The paperback of this enchanting memoir of a deeply eccentric upper-class upbringing and young womanhood during wartime * As read on BBC Radio 4See all Product Description
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It was recommended by a friend & almost as soon as I started I messaged her to thank her for the recommendation - so many passages were worth reading aloud to whoever happened to be within earshot!
Suzanne's entire life, from her birth in 1921 until the end of WWII, was full of excitement, interest & fascinating characters. I was very disappointed to reach the end & search, fruitlessly, for a sequel.
She wrote so beautifully & I would have loved to hear from her about the rest of her life.
On long leave, he established a household near Vence in the South of France where he left the family very much to their own devices. Her mother had to bring up her young brood there, which she did largely by the excellent device of letting them bring themselves up. They became very independent in the process. The author's descriptions of of life in Provence and in various holiday homes on the south west coast of France are idyllic and poetic.
The family was forced to flee France, just in time to avoid capture by the Germans, and managed to reach England. She and her brother stayed there but her mother took the remaing two children back to Malaya, only to be forced to escape the Japanese invasion and ending up in Austrlia. The father was captured and spent the war in Singapore's notorious Changi Jail but he managed to survive.
In the meantime, the author wangled a job as a journalist in various British service propaganda offices in North Africa, then
Europe. During her travels, she met and finally married an Army officer. From the way her book ends, it seems another volume is in preparation. Let hope it does not take long.
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Fab book about the author's childhood in Malaysia , England and France written with terrific verve.Published 8 months ago by Anne Atherton