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My Family is All I Have Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Mar 2008

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  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books; Large type edition edition (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753194708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753194706
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,116,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The extraordinary true story of how one British woman was trapped in Eastern Europe for fifty years, first by the Nazis and then by Communism, but never stopped trying to get back home... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The extraordinary true story of how one British woman was trapped in Eastern Europe for fifty years, first by the Nazis and then by Communism, but never stopped trying to get back home... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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First of all, let me declare an interest as I live in Bulgaria and, like Helen, am married to a Bulgarian.

I was in something of a quandary with this book, as I know many older Bulgarians who lived through the same times in Bulgaria, as indeed did my own mother in another Balkan country. The author was indeed unfortunate to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but also married to the wrong man from the wrong class of Bulgarian society. The hardships she went through were due not only to her husband, who was apparently a person of low intellect and social standing, but also intellectual deprivation. I could write more on these topics but this would become a book rather than a review!

The reason for the 3 stars? The material is fascinating and the story itself is worthy of five stars, but ghost-writer Andrew Croft's telling of it is pedestrian and, in my view, slap-dash. A bit more research would have made this a book to treasure but this is a wonderful opportunity sadly missed; nonetheless, it is worth reading for the historical and social content.
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This is the story of how Alice and her family coped with poverty, hardship and persecution under the Nazis and Communists. It is a story of courage and spirit. The love, kindness and generosity of Alice's young family is both moving and inspirational. A rewarding page turner.
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An overwhelming story of hardship, grinding poverty and rare moments of human generosity. This woman's life story is very disturbing to read, yet her unflinching love and devotion for her family maintains a sense of optimism throughout. This book will stay with me for a very long time.
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