Far From the East End: The Moving Story of An Evacuee's Survival and Search for Home

Far From the East End: The Moving Story of An Evacuee's Survival and Search for Home

by Iris Jones Simantel

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ISBN-13: 9780718198947
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Iris Jones' memoir about her childhood beat several thousand other entries to win the Saga Life Stories Competition.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Author's Note x

Preface xi

1 Born a Cockney Girl 1

2 Carey Road: My First Remembered Home 6

3 My War: the Early Days 14

4 My War Continues, and Other Battles 22

5 The Flying Scotsman, Jaundice and the Loch Ness Monster 30

6 Starting School 40

7 My Evacuation 45

8 Maerdy 50

9 Wales, a Different Life 56

10 Trauma in Maerdy 63

11 The Long Journey Home 74

12 VE Day and the Aftermath of War 81

13 An Assortment of Aunties 89

14 Lindsey Road and My Own Bedroom 94

15 Unexpected Company and Purple Grapes 108

16 Infidelity and the Missing Cufflinks 115

17 Almost Family Holidays 125

18 Mud, Glorious Mud: the Joneses Move West 142

19 Watford Fields School and How to Break Your Arm Down the Toilet 152

20 Methodists and Spiritualism 161

21 Victoria Girls' School, Diseased Fish and Other Capers 173

22 Suspicious Deaths 185

23 Manners and Mah Jong 192

24 New School, New Desk and Tyrone Power 197

25 High School High Jinks 205

26 Another Brother and Watford Tech 212

27 Mum's Friends, Boy Friends and a Lonely Stage Debut 223

28 Neighbour Ladies and Mysterious Bubbles 228

29 First Jobs, Knocking Up and Not Getting Knocked Up 233

30 Yanks' Meat 244

31 Courtship 256

32 Marriage 267

33 Preparing to Leave England and Wales 280

34 Leaving Home for America 294

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Far From the East End: The Moving Story of An Evacuee's Survival and Search for Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this memior before getting her second one - GI Brides. Well written.
kmc827 More than 1 year ago
Great look at life in London during the blitz,and just after. Told from a little girls point of view. Very sweet and moving. Also recommend it's follow-up GI Bride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended.  Read this before reading GI Brides.