Kisses on a Postcard: A Tale of Wartime Childhood

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A&C Black, Sep 7, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
13th June, 1940.

Carefully labelled, and each clutching a little brown suitcase, Terry, aged seven, and his elder brother Jack, eleven, stand amid the throng of chattering children which crowds the narrow platform at Welling station, awaiting the steam engine which will pull them and their fellow evacuees across the country towards their secret destination - and a new life...

In the tiny Cornish backwater of Doublebois the brothers find they have swapped the newly built streets of suburban London for the joys of the countryside. The woods become their playground, tree-climbing, rabbit-catching and night-fishing their new pastimes. But it is the railway, above all, which delights them. The main London to Penzance line runs through a cutting right below the small community, the goods yard and siding lie a couple of hundred yards down the line: to the two young sons of a railway worker, No. 7 the Railway Cottages seems the perfect new home.

And despite a not-always-friendly rivalry between local kids and the 'vackies', village life under the care of irreverent, Welsh ex-miner Uncle Jack and his generous wife Aunty Rose is idyllic. That is, until the bombing of nearby Plymouth and tragic news from the Front shatter the peace of Doublebois, a reminder of the brutal reality of a war which at times seems so far away.

Warm-hearted and moving, Kisses on a Postcard is a vivid and intimate portrait of a forgotten part of our wartime history; a compelling and uplifting memoir of growing up in an extraordinary time.
 

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Terence Frisby's memoir of his time as a World War II London evacuee in a small village in Cornwall is beautifully written and full of descriptive detail. The characters of Auntie Rose, Uncle Jack ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
3
CHAPTER TWO
16
CHAPTER THREE
35
CHAPTER FOUR
40
CHAPTER FIVE
59
CHAPTER SIX
74
CHAPTER SEVEN
86
CHAPTER EIGHT
97
CHAPTER ELEVEN
128
CHAPTER TWELVE
136
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
147
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
166
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
177
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
186
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
191
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
198

CHAPTER NINE
106
CHAPTER TEN
117
CHAPTER NINETEEN
205
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About the author (2009)

TERENCE FRISBY is a playwright. He has worked extensively for many years as an actor, director and producer. His most famous play, There's A Girl In My Soup, was London's longest-running comedy and a worldwide smash hit. His script of the film, which starred Peter Sellers and Goldie Hawn, won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for the Best British Comedy Screenplay. His other plays are performed internationally.

He has written many television plays and two television comedy series: Lucky Feller with David Jason, and That's Love, which won the Gold Award for Comedy at Houston IFF. As producer, he is most proud of presenting the multi-award-winning, South African show Woza Albert at the Criterion Theatre, subsequently off-Broadway.

His BBC Radio 4 play, Just Remember Two Things: It's Not Fair and Don't Be Late, from which Kisses On A Postcard sprang, won The Giles Cooper Play Of the Year Award. A musical stage version of was produced at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple in 2004. Terence is currently mounting a production of it for London.

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