Kisses on a postcard - A tale of wartime childhood
A compelling and uplifting memoir of two young evacuees growing up in the countryside during the Second World War. Terry, aged seven, and his elder brother Jack, eleven, stand in a crowd of children on the narrow platform at Welling station in London. Wearing labels, carrying gas masks and small suitcases, they are evacuees, or 'vackies', awaiting the steam engine which will pull them across the country towards their unknown destination – and new lives... The brothers discover that the main London to Penzance railway line runs through a cutting right below the tiny terraced cottage in Cornwall where they are to live, the goods yard and sidings lie a couple of hundred yards down the line: to Jack and Terry, sons of a railwayman, No. 7 the Railway Cottages seems the perfect new home. That is, until the bombing of nearby Plymouth and dreadful news from the battlefield shatter the peace of Doublebois, reminders of the brutal reality of a war which at times had seemed so far away. Warm-hearted and moving, Kisses on a Postcard is a vivid and intimate portrait of a neglected part of British wartime history. Hard cover, photographs, 211 pages.