Janey's War

Janey's War

by Barbara Murphy
     
 

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When WWII is declared on 3rd September 1939, twins Jane and Rose Harrison are eleven years old. They should have started at the new Grammar School next day, but are being evacuated to Norfolk, returning home before the London blitz begins.

The girls are very different in appearance and personality, but devoted to each other. Jane is tall and somewhat angular, her

Overview

When WWII is declared on 3rd September 1939, twins Jane and Rose Harrison are eleven years old. They should have started at the new Grammar School next day, but are being evacuated to Norfolk, returning home before the London blitz begins.

The girls are very different in appearance and personality, but devoted to each other. Jane is tall and somewhat angular, her brown eyes and dark, straight hair showing little sign of the elegant young woman she would become. She ignores the unfair nickname of 'the plain one', but Rose tries to copy the 'blonde bombshell' looks she sees at the cinema. Jane is realistic about her dream of becoming a concert pianist, whereas Rose is convinced that it is her destiny is to be a famous singing and dancing star, like Ginger Rogers. She does not study so hard as Jane, but usually gets good results despite little effort. Unfortunately their mother, Nell, supports Rose's belief and pays little attention to Jane's efforts or need for affection.

As with most families, war brings a mixture of warmth, humour and tragedy to the Harrisons. Their house is bombed and relatives arrive on the doorstep of their next home. Combined with fears about her eldest son, a missing glider pilot, Nell's health suffers. Jane tackles more chores, but only her sister receives any affectionate gratitude. When Jane works for the same firm as a clerk she discovers that Rose is a machinist, not a model, and is now more interested in luxury items provided by American soldiers. Although she knows her pretty blonde sister is pretending to be older, Jane is shocked to see a photograph of her outside a strip-club. Apparently she was approached by two dodgy 'agents', who said it was the only way into films but Rose is now disillusioned and agrees with Jane that she will leave...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781519611147
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/30/2015
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Before becoming a novelist, Barbara Murphy was a secretary with an advertising agency and then, a job she remembers with great affection, secretary to the editor of Home Notes and Modern Woman magazines, part of the Woman's Own Group, just like Jane Harrison. (They do say 'write about what you know'). After marriage and children beckoned, the family moved to Hampshire and Barbara became a temporary secretary, which gave her the time to attend workshops on creative writing.
Her hobby has always been connected to music and theatre and Barbara was accompanist with an amateur theatre group for many years. Retirement fortunately allows even more time for writing but she maintains her links by watching family and friends behind the footlights.
Although 'Janey's War' was her first published novel, it was not the first one Barbara had written. Her first, 'A Phantom of Delight' is a totally different type of novel, a fantasy - also published on Kindle.

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