My Warwickshire Wartime 1939-1945

My Warwickshire Wartime 1939-1945

by Gill Emett Thomas

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Overview

My Warwickshire Wartime 1939-1945 by Gill Emett Thomas

At the outset of World War II many children were evacuated from the big cities into the countryside to avoid the threat of bombing.

Gill was lucky to leave Birmingham to stay with her Granny Emett who lived in the small Warwickshire village of Halford.

What follows is a sharply observed account; a child's eye view of wartime years in rural England, including detailed, poignant and sometimes hilarious memories of her life as a boarder at the Croft School, Stratford on Avon, throughout the war.

Gill's Uncle was the famous wartime cartoonist, Rowland Emett of Punch magazine, and some of his unique drawings add to the lavish illustrations of this evocative book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992956004
Publisher: Bombus Broom
Publication date: 12/10/2014
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Born in 1933, Gill trained initially at Birmingham College of Art in the early 1950s and then worked as an illustrator in advertising in Birmingham and in publishing in London.

She married the artist Ray Thomas in 1955 and has two sons.

After a lifetime spent in education she became an advisory teacher for Hampshire County Council and taught for a time at Reading University.

During her retirement in Suffolk, Gill studied for her Fine Art degree and gained her BA Hons at Suffolk University in 2008.

She continues to work as an illustrator and painter...and explains...

"I have been delighted to hear from readers who have written to tell me of their links with incidents in "My Warwickshire Wartime", or of their own wartime experiences. I have also been very pleased to find that Primary School teachers are using my book for their Key Stage 2 History curriculum work - either as background to the Second World War or to link with connections between national and local history, or continuity and change.

References to: evacuees, food rationing, patrol rationing, pig clubs, salvage collection, make do and mend, war savings, prisoners of war, American allies, air raid wardens, bomb drill, blackout victory bonfires, etc. etc. have apparently proved useful.

Pleased with the interest this book has aroused I am writing and illustrating my second book to be entitled "My 50s London". This covers the period when, aged 21, I came to live in London working as a magazine illustrator at a time of opportunity and regeneration after the war.

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