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BRITAIN IN WW2 reviews

August 25, 2015
Second edition

Second edition

A new 3/4 star review of the SECOND EDITION OF BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? by James Lingard has now been published:-

‘By Davros-10 on 22 Aug. 2015

Format: Paperback

Let me disclose up front that I received a PDF edition of this book as a giveaway in return for a review, and that the book could be just as easily categorised as “History” as “Biographies & Memoirs).

The blurb for the book says that it “gives a short insight into the horrors of the home front told from the perspective of someone who actually experienced them, a fascinating look at the harsh realities of life in Britain, life full of drama and the danger of impending death. How did a family with a small child caught up in such a war survive? There follows an overview of the major campaigns in World War II, giving an insight into the big picture, enlivened by personal experiences and quotations from Churchill.”

What attracted me to the book was the promise that it would give an insight into the horrors of the home front from the perspective of someone who actually experienced them as a young boy. And it does do this, but this section of the book is far too short, and the overview of the major campaigns section is far too long as this section is not detailed enough for anyone with even a cursory interest in the history of WWII. Having said that, the two separate parts of the book are very well written. It’s just that both are too brief and not detailed enough for my own tastes. If you are only looking for a quick look at life in Britain during the war, or a very short summary of the major campaigns of the war, add an extra star to my (3 star) rating.

BRITAIN IN WW2

August 20, 2015

 

REVIEWS: SECOND EDITION OF BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? by James Lingard

Two new reviews of the SECOND EDITION OF BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? by James Lingard have been published. One awarded 4 stars by a lady from Manchester who wrote:

Second edition

Second edition

‘This book is part war history, part social commentary and part memoir. In chronological order it delves into life in Britain during WWII. I don’t like reading lots of facts and figures and don’t have an interest in aircraft and war, but I do have an interest in the life of people in all kinds of situations so I skimmed the history and focused in on the story of a young boy growing up in war torn England. It is well written in this genre and my favourite part was the introductory pages which gave a brief history of his grandfather’s life. As a follow up I would encourage My Lingard to hone in on his grandfather and tell his story of a chapel going, lay preaching, trade unionist balancing social justice with holiness.’

The other a bad review from a lady in Vienna – perhaps she did not like my assertion that Hitler made serious mistakes!

Readers will have their own views but please let me know what they are.

BRITAIN IN WW2 ON WATTPAD

August 13, 2015

BRITAIN  IN WW2

SECOND EDITION OF BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? by James Lingard

The second edition of the book, published to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War, gives a short insight into life in wartime Britain. It contains dramatic episodes and is told from the perspective of people who actually experienced the war, reflecting the emotions of the time; with an overview of the major campaigns, enlivened by quotations from Churchill’s speeches. The book will help later generations understand what life was like and evoke memories for those who were there. How did a family with a small child survive the air raids and rationing?

I am told that the chapters about the Home Front, depicting my life as a schoolboy, are particularly interesting and have made extracts from these chapters available free on Wattpad.

Second edition

Second edition


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