Vera and Eddy were just one working-class couple among millions caught up in the fury of the Second World War.
Later, they used to talk and talk of their experiences. One day author Sam Smith decided to listen.
This remarkable book is the result of countless recorded interviews with Vera and Eddy, his in-laws, and paints an unforgettably human and strikingly real picture of how two small people emerged, scorched but complete, from the flames of the bloodiest conflict in the history of mankind.
Vera and Eddy lead us through the pain and the outlandish, sometimes ghoulish humour, the desperate hopes and stark terrors of times when doorsteps and cinemas, invasion beaches and battlefields were all equally in the front line.
Days when uncertainty was a constant companion and mutilation and death were never more than a moment away.
So expertly does Smith apply his no-frills narrative style, that the reader can hear the shattering explosions as pregnant Vera dodges the bombs blitzing her streets, and feel the hot breath of shrapnel whipping past Eddy's ears in the killing zones of Normandy and Holland.
Smith's book reads as one of the most gripping, frantically paced war novels ever written.
What elevates it from the merely great to the truly magnificent is that every single word is true.
This documentary is written in a peculiar staccato style that takes a while to get used to. And I have to admit, I was in the beginning wondering whether I would ever be able to finish it. I am happy to report that I was dead wrong. Once I got used to the short sentences and the seemingly (that being the key word) superficial way Mr. Smith describes the two main characters and the hoard of secondary characters, this book was a joy to read. I was soon captivated with the stories of those who expe
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Meet the Author
Now living in Maryport, Cumbria, and working as a freelance writer/editor, Sam Smith has been a psychiatric nurse, residential social worker, milkman, plumber, laboratory analyst, groundsman, sailor, computer operator, scaffolder, gardener, painter & decorator ... working at anything, in fact, which has paid the rent, enabled him to raise his three daughters and which didn't get too much in the way of his writing. With poetry and articles widely published, especially in Britain, he already has 5 poetry collections, 9 novels and a history/biography to his name (see his own website for more details) . He was born in 1946.