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Out of the Ordinary
on 9 March 2017
Stirred a variety of deeply personal emotions and prompted recognition of values and social mores I subscribed to and totally accepted many years ago. It triggered too haunting memories of wartime when I was a three year old cowering in an Anderson shelter in the back garden. This everyday story of a small working class family played out against a background of momentous world and national events is in turn uplifting, humorous and often tear jerking.
This beautifully illustrated small book captures the highs and lows of lives so ordinary that they become compulsive reading. It captures vividly the ageing of loved ones, their loss and the resulting unfillable void for those left behind. Ethel and Ernest also struck a chord with my twelve year old grandson who was captivated and moved by this unfolding of mundane but unforgettable lives as opposed to his usual diet of super heroes, time lords or teenage wizards.