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Posted on 14 Sep 2011, 15:03:39 BST
C. Walshe says:
Autobiography WAIT FOR ME by Duchess of Devonshire - the youngest of the famous Mitford sisters. My 5th great-grandchild is due any day and this great-granny loves biography. It's not on my Kindle, it's hard cover and bought before my purchase of K. This book was a whopper for the wonderful writing, amazing characters and historical figures that populated this book, holding you gripped from beginning to end.

Posted on 15 Sep 2011, 01:19:44 BST
Chris says:

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2011, 12:40:43 BST
Jane Bettany says:
Try The Log Cabin Lady - it's only a short book, but it's got travel, adventure and social history. Your mother-in-law might like it. Here's a link to the book.

The Log Cabin Lady [Annotated]

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2011, 13:51:12 BST
DMH says:
Hi, The Past was Always Present was written by Helen Hunter, first time author in her seventies! It is a memoir, very uplifting, although it tells the story of Helen's wartime evacuation from Scotland to America. These were traumatic times for Helen and her younger siblings, and the experience shaped her life thereafter. The book reveals the strength of character required by women in the 40's and 50's particularly - when they found themselves in tough circumstances. Well worth a read, I hope Helen writes more. The Past Was Always Present - Overcoming the trauma of wartime evacuation to America

Posted on 20 Sep 2011, 16:15:11 BST
I would recommend One Woman's War by Eileen Younghusband. Whilst it is not a Kindle book, I have been informed that it will be very shortly. It is a memoir of her time in the WAAF during WWII, and is incredibly interesting as it manages to go into detail concerning the goings on in the important Filter Room , an aspect of the Battle of Britain with which most people, including myself before I read the book, are not familiar. Despite the detail of the war effort within the book, it still manages to remain a heartfelt story of a young woman having to cope with going to war at the age of 18.

Posted on 21 Sep 2011, 17:34:27 BST
Jane Digby by Mary S. Lovell a marvelous read about a fascinating woman. Born in 1807 she married at 17,eloped with an Austrian Prince,married a German Baron,had affairs with amongst others the King of Bavaria.at the age of 50 she married a Bedouin Sheik and remained with him until she died aged 74. the description of the life in the desert of this incredible woman who was born into an aristocratic English family is a joy to read. Brian Robbins

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011, 04:22:21 BST
D.E. McCourt says:
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt is a great read.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2011, 10:51:53 BST
Mooseby says:
She might like "Letters From Achimota" by Patrick and Felicity Hutton - just published on the Kindle Store. It's an archive of letters from a young English schoolmaster who taught in Ghana from 1956 - 1959. Hilarious descriptions of daily life plus comments on social and political events of the time, including the Ghana Independence Day celebrations in 1957.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011, 15:24:59 BST
Try "Parky" . I read it about a year ago and it was a laughing one moment and crying the next type of book - excellent read.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2011, 03:32:21 BST
If she likes animals you won't go far wrong with Ted Wright's books about the Police Dogs that he worked during his 28 year career with them. Fast paced and humorous. "One Dog and Her Man-The Life of Police Dog Bess" and the follow up "Bomb Dog Mitch-Another Box of Dogs". Great!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011, 09:55:42 BST
Rikki Wilson says:
"Inside Out" (You can take the boy out of Peckham...) by Rick Atkinson. Available on kindle from amazon, direct link at the end of this note: This is a Biography centred about my life growing up and living in Peckham South East London during the 1970's, 80's. 90's right up to 2002, and then on to present day. Here is a quick bio from the back page : This is a glimpse into my life, including growing up in a rough area of South East London as a child in the 70's, through to the 80's, 90's, and up to the present day. You will join me on a journey that at times will take you on a roller-coaster ride to hell and back, as I try to navigate my way through the dark world of drugs and criminal activity. You will follow me to underworld places that most people wouldn't care or even dare to frequent, from seedy gambling clubs hidden within the labyrinth type back streets of Soho, to the blood stained world of old school gangster activity, and then to the depths of despair whilst locked away within the murky spine-chilling walls of her majesty's prisons. When you Buy the book, and immerse yourself into this adventure, you'll find there are moments when you will laugh with me, and laugh at me, as I share some of the many fun and sexy times I had whilst going through my teens and early 20's. This story is packed full of sleazy one night stands, punch-ups, burglary,murderers and the odd attempted murder. When reading Inside Out, you will find yourself turning the pages with anticipation right to the last page in eagerness to discover what happened next. My Journey through life has moulded me into the person I am today: A wise, loving, caring, responsible, knowledgeable father of two wonderful children. I am no Celebrity, just a 42 year old man with a story to tell about a very active, adventurous, often perilous past. "Inside Out" has had some great reviews, to read them simply log on to facebook...then search for 'Inside Out' by Rick Atkinson. When you arrive on the page click on "Discussions" (middle left of page) and you will be able to read a long list of reviews and feed back. To read exerpts from the book click on "Notes" .. it would also be great if you were to "Like the page :) If you don't have facebook you can read a hand full of reviews on amazon buy clicking this link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/INS...
Hope this helps

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 18:38:23 BST
Last edited by the author on 14 Oct 2011, 18:48:52 BST
Janice Cooke says:
Peckham Cry

This novel is set just after WW11 in Peckham - South East London. Although this is written as a novel, it is actually a true story. Written as a novel because the author is unknown and not a famous household name...

Sylvia is an adopted child whose adoptive mother is dinstinctly cold and hostile towards her, while her adoptive father seems to love her - perhaps just a little bit too much. Fortunately Sylvia is a very resiliant child and can cope with the knocks dished out to her. She finds refuge in her books, and with her little pet mouse Mickey. One day however, the truth comes out and she is placed into children's homes for her own safety but they are not the safe haven one thinks. Running away from them Sylvia is placed in a mental hospital as the Welfare authorities are at their wits end as to what to do with her. Upon release, Sylvia ends up living rough on the streets, surviving as a prostitute, and only the birth of her child makes her determined to turn her life around.
This story is about finding that light at the end of a tunnel.
Child abuse is very prevalent in today's society but help is more available now. Cast your mind back to 1944 and ask whether help was available then.
All proceeds from this book - priced at 86p - 99c will go to help augment child abuse charities. It is also available in paperback and again all proceeds go to charity.
11 five star customer reviews + 1 four star customer review.
Please download the sample to try before you buy.
Many thanks for reading this - Janice

Posted on 14 Oct 2011, 19:41:08 BST
maz says:
Try She Won't Get Far Her Bag's Too Heavy.

Posted on 16 Oct 2011, 21:32:01 BST
Dr Jim Byrne says:
If your older relative has any connection to Ireland, she might like Daniel O'Beeve's memoir of growing up in Catholic Ireland between 1946-1964. It's called 'Crown of Thorns, A memoir of childhood in Ireland'. It's a story of hardship in a lovelessness family, and the journey towards finding personal salvation. What do you think?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2011, 11:25:03 BST
Helen Amos says:
Hello Mrs Sedgwick. I know I'm a bit late with this - I have recently read "Daughter of the Desert - the remarkable life of Gertrude Bell". Gertrude Bell is described as "Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation-builder". She worked with T E Lawrence and was instrumental in the formation of the kingdom of Iraq. It's an amazing story, and beautifully written.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2011, 12:06:19 BST
look at CAST NO STONES, She will love it because she will actually be able to relate to it.

Posted on 23 Oct 2011, 09:06:29 BST
andy evans says:
Andy and Vesna's beautiful look at the ravages of a country and the impact of history on one family; harrowing yes, but remarkably researched and sparingly described, this is a story that will make you count your blessings

Posted on 29 Oct 2011, 13:25:35 BST
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments second edition 86p

It's a personal as well as a social history. Smith has the knack of bringing the times to life in a way that few writers can manage. It's the ability to tell a story, the knowledge of when to move on & not labour a point.--The Bookbag
1923 is a book that succeeds in two ways with ease, both as a personal memoir of a life lived in a volatile age and as a record of that age for all time. --The Current Reader

"1923" is uplifting and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

1923: A Memoir is a protest against social injustice, corruption, war, famine, poverty, and societies blinded by greed. More importantly, it is the story of hope and the notion that anything can be overcome if desired. --The Publishing Guru
Product Description
To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family's early history-their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith's story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2011, 12:54:52 GMT
D. Lawson says:
Try Shallow Graves in Siberia by Michael Krupa, great escape story and the author is 96 and lives to tell the tale!Shallow Graves in Siberia

Posted on 1 Nov 2011, 18:53:36 GMT
dunkelblau says:
A very entertaining and funny read is ACT III by Richard Romanus. It's a memoir about the Hollywood star's move to Skiathos, a small Greek island. A humorous and yet philosophical book for all ages!

Posted on 3 Nov 2011, 02:54:01 GMT
Chris says:

Posted on 7 Nov 2011, 09:42:08 GMT
Jo Carroll says:
Can I plug my own book? Over the Hill and Far Away - I gave up house/job/car in my 50s and went round the world. Not something many middle aged women do, I discovered. And yes - there was an adventure or two along the way.

Comment from my mentor - this book is the best possible reminder to make the most of every day, however old you are.Over the Hill and Far Away: One Grown-up Gap Year

Posted on 8 Nov 2011, 11:47:00 GMT
Mr. Ns Whyke says:
Your grannie might like my book, Ey Up Adolf, as most of my readers appear to be grannies.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2011, 10:17:23 GMT
rivet says:
try 'Below the Waterline'
By david carpenter
A young mans travels with New Zealand Shipping Company in the 1960's

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011, 07:29:51 GMT
try winston churchill and elizabeth 1stall her generation revered them both i was one of them
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