Children in the Second World War (Paperback)
Memories from the Home Front
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Mail Online - Incredible photographs reveal how life for youngsters in war-torn Britain was just an adventure despite the looming menace of the Nazi doodlebug
The Sun - Fascinating black and white images show kids huddling in air raid shelters and playing war games amidst the ruins during their childhood in WW2 Britain
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It was not just the upheaval caused by evacuation and the blitzes that changed a generations childhood, it was how war pervaded every aspect of life. From dodging bombs by bicycle and patrolling the parish with the vicars WW1 pistol, to post air raid naps in school and being carried out of the rubble as the family's sole survivor, children experienced life in the war zone that was Britain.
This reality, the reality of a life spent growing up during the Second World War, is best told through the eyes of the children who experienced it first-hand.
Children In the Second World War unites the memories of over two hundred child veterans to tell the tragic and the remarkable stories of life, and of youth, during the war. Each veteran gives a unique insight into a childhood which was unlike any that came before or after. This book poignantly illustrates the presence of death and perseverance in the lives of children through this tumultuous period, each account enlightens and touches the reader; shedding light on what it was really like on the Home front during the Second World War.
It's a fascinating, highly readable book that will appeal to anyone with relatives who were children during the war.WDYTYA? Magazine, July 2017 – reviewed by Michelle Higgs
As featured inAntiques Diary, July-August 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by January Gray
A must read for those interested in this time in history.
As featured inIlkley Gazette
Children In the Second World War unites the memories of over two hundred child veterans to tell the tragic and the remarkable stories of life, and of youth, during the war. Each veteran gives a unique insight into a childhood which was unlike any that came before or after. This book poignantly illustrates the presence of death and perseverance in the lives of children through this tumultuous period, each account enlightens and touches the reader; shedding light on what it was really like on the Home front during the Second World War.Olga Nunez Miret
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Full of the memories and experiences of children during WWII, from air raid shelters to gas masks to being forced to leave home and live with strangers. A refreshing addition to so much literature available on World War II, the point of view of the children is often entertaining and comical, although most disturbing in fact.NetGalley, reviewed by Polly Krize
This is a must-read for any WW II buff who wants to get a real view of the impact of that war on the children of the British Isles.NetGalley, reviewed by Ginny Vandelicht
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley - rated by Sunday AtDusk
As featured in.The Daily Mail 28/3/17
As featured in.The Sun 28/3/17
On the centenary of the Great War, there are now no longer any veterans alive of the six million men who served on the Western Front. Although this means that the Great War as a living history is to all intents and purposes over, the twenty years Richard van Emden spent interviewing and carefully recording the memories of over 270 veterans, makes this extraordinary collection of stories even more poignant. As well as stories told by the veterans themselves, Richard has also included his own memories of these remarkable men: the remarkable, the sad, the funny, the moving. The book also features…By Richard Van Emden
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