In June 1940 Britain expected enemy invasion. Despite Churchill's determination to fight on the beaches, many parents made desperate efforts to send their families abroad to safety. Nearly half the country's children were on a waiting list for overseas evacuation and thousands of others had already left for America, Canada, Australia and other distant countries when, on 17 September 1940, the SS City of Benares was torpedoed mid-Atlantic. The great exodus ceased but those already in safety had to spend several years far away from everyone and everything they knew. In this revealing new book, Jessica Mann, herself a wartime evacuee, looks at the experiences of those who were sent away to a foreign land, often unaccompanied, and asks how they coped with being away, and also how they found life back in the UK on their return. Drawing on memories of many former evacuees, including Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Williams, and using extensive original testimony, Jessica Mann builds up a moving portrait of a lost generation.
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OUT OF HARM'S WAY is a passionate book, full of anguish as well as indignation, and often very moving ( John Preston, Sunday Telegraph)
Out of Harm's Way is a splendid piece of social history, detailed in a human-interest way, rich with anecdotes (Mann has been clever at not just recording personal stories, but marshalling them), full of documentation and underpinning; and it is sometimes very moving. ( Scotsman)
This is a fascinating account, not only of the children and of their journeys, but of the moral climate of the period. It is a balanced, finely nuanced, comprehensively researched book about a forgotten aspect of the civilian experience of the war. Neither the evacuees nor the reader could ask for a better chronicler than Mann ( Cressida Connolly, Daily Telegraph)
A moving and remarkable story ( Western Mail Service)
A voyage of discovery... Mann has done her homework. The book is jammed with accounts of evacuees' experiences ( Peter Cross, Sunday Express)
With such a trove of material to draw upon, she's written a rich and detailed history... The accounts Mann has collected are endlessly fascinating... Mann's book makes for a read that is illuminating and sobering, riveting and sad ( Herald)
A fascinating book... Jessica Mann has done an excellent job in drawing together accounts by dozens of evacuees and weaving them into an absorbing narrative with plenty of contemporary questions... OUT OF HARM'S WAY is a splendid piece of social history, detailed in a human-interest way, rich with anecdotes, full of documentation and underpinning; and it is sometimes very moving... Mann's witness deserves a distinguished place in 20th-century history ( Anthony Thwaite, Evening Standard)
A splendid piece of social history, detailed in a human-interest way, rich with anecdotes (Mann has been clever at not just recording personal stories, but marshalling them), full of documentation and underpinning; and it is sometimes very moving ( Scotland on Sunday)
Jessica Mann's fascinating account... documents the experiences of ex-evacuees, both in their overseas lives and in their returns 'home'... This splendid account of what happened to a limited number of children in the Second World War provides us with a unique and valuable historical document ( Literary Review)
This book is a voyage of discovery ( Sunday Express)
The moving and remarkable story of the wartime evacuees who were sent abroad by their families
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Descrizione libro Headline Book Publishing, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 755311388
Descrizione libro Headline Book Publishing, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110755311388
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97807553113851.0