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Do you remember collecting shrapnel and listening to Children's Hour? Carrying gas masks or sharing your school with evacuees from the city? The 1940s was a time of great challenge for everyone who lived through it. From the hardships and fear of a World War, with Britain's towns and cities were being bombed on an almost nightly basis, to the trauma of being parted from on Do you remember collecting shrapnel and listening to Children's Hour? Carrying gas masks or sharing your school with evacuees from the city? The 1940s was a time of great challenge for everyone who lived through it. From the hardships and fear of a World War, with Britain's towns and cities were being bombed on an almost nightly basis, to the trauma of being parted from one parents and sent away to the country to live with complete strangers. For just over half of this decade the war continued, meaning food and clothing shortages became a way of life. But through it all, and afterwards, the simplicity of kids shone through. From collecting bits of shot down German aircraft to playing in bomb-strewn streets, kids made their own fun. Then there was the joy of the second half of this decade when fathers came home and fun things started up again. This trip down memory lane will take you through the most memorable and evocative experiences of growing up in the 1940s.


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Do you remember collecting shrapnel and listening to Children's Hour? Carrying gas masks or sharing your school with evacuees from the city? The 1940s was a time of great challenge for everyone who lived through it. From the hardships and fear of a World War, with Britain's towns and cities were being bombed on an almost nightly basis, to the trauma of being parted from on Do you remember collecting shrapnel and listening to Children's Hour? Carrying gas masks or sharing your school with evacuees from the city? The 1940s was a time of great challenge for everyone who lived through it. From the hardships and fear of a World War, with Britain's towns and cities were being bombed on an almost nightly basis, to the trauma of being parted from one parents and sent away to the country to live with complete strangers. For just over half of this decade the war continued, meaning food and clothing shortages became a way of life. But through it all, and afterwards, the simplicity of kids shone through. From collecting bits of shot down German aircraft to playing in bomb-strewn streets, kids made their own fun. Then there was the joy of the second half of this decade when fathers came home and fun things started up again. This trip down memory lane will take you through the most memorable and evocative experiences of growing up in the 1940s.

30 review for A 1940s Childhood: From Bomb Sites to Children's Hour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Novelle Novels

    4 out of 5 stars I won’t write a long review as it is what the title says. Childhood in the 1940’s was tough but this book shows how children made the best out of it. The way the author has strung the chapters together flowed really well and it didn’t jump around. Pictures woven in the mix of the words made it feel so alive. Yes this was a tough era but people got through it with a resilience that those of us today could do with. Too often we moan about things that in those days would have appear 4 out of 5 stars I won’t write a long review as it is what the title says. Childhood in the 1940’s was tough but this book shows how children made the best out of it. The way the author has strung the chapters together flowed really well and it didn’t jump around. Pictures woven in the mix of the words made it feel so alive. Yes this was a tough era but people got through it with a resilience that those of us today could do with. Too often we moan about things that in those days would have appeared like nothing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Shardlow

    I know this is called A 1940's Childhood, but I wasn’t expecting it to be told from the perspective of a child. The author tells us all about the things that children, including himself, got up to during the 1940's but as though he is a child and he is living through these experiences right now. I really liked that about the book and it was interesting too. It was full of things I’d never thought about before. I know this is called A 1940's Childhood, but I wasn’t expecting it to be told from the perspective of a child. The author tells us all about the things that children, including himself, got up to during the 1940's but as though he is a child and he is living through these experiences right now. I really liked that about the book and it was interesting too. It was full of things I’d never thought about before.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jim Kernott

    A really nice read, giving insight into how children saw such a terrible time. They made games, using their imagination and really made the best of a worst situation! I’d recommend, a child’s lighthearted way of looking at a time experienced by so many!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Evocative Nostalgic James Marsh takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of his childhood war years. A nostalgic evocative account of a Britain long gone.

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