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You can watch my Guwrnsey Evacuees book trailer on Youtube here: (there is sound) http://youtu.be/YR0uXCBCFHc
HERE IS AN OVERVIEW OF MY GUERNSEY EVACUEES BOOK: It is NOT simply a collection of evacuee stories – each of the 6 chapters covers an aspect of the evacuation. Throughout each chapter are numerous quotes from the evacuees themselves which fit in with that chapter, and bring it to life. There are also 102 wartime images – photos, personal documents and archive documents
Chapter 1 describes the lead up to the evacuation, the evacuation itself, and ends with the occupation of the island
Chapter 2 describes conditions in the evacuee reception centres, how homes were found for the evacuees, how the mothers had to trace their children who had sailed on separate ships, and how the evacuees had to adjust to life in industrial towns
Chapter 3 describes the war work carried out by the evacuees, the air raids they endured, the formation of the Channel Island societies and the Channel Islands Refugee Committee, and the importance of the Church to the evacuees.
Chapter 4 describes some of the organisations that helped the evacuees such as Channel Islanders in Canada, and Americans such as Eleanor Roosevelt who helped children at Guernsey’s evacuated ‘La Chaumiere School’ through a scheme called ‘the Foster Parent Plan’. It also tells the story of Mr Fletcher who for 5 years bought Xmas presents for Channel Island evacuees in the Bury area
Chapter 5 tells the story of the teachers and children of some of the evacuated Guernsey schools. A group of wartime diaries paint a vivid picture of the experience of the evacuated Guernsey ‘Forest School’ in Cheadle Hulme Cheshire.
Finally, Chapter 6 describes the evacuees reaction to the Liberation of Guernsey, and how they organised their return home & readjusted to island life. It looks at family relationships that were damaged as a result of the evacuation, why some evacuees decided to remain in England, and why some children were adopted by English families. It also examines the ties that still remain between England and Guernsey today.
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BOOK SIGNING EVENTS IN 2013
I am signing copies of my book on 8th May 2013 in the Guernsey Press Shop, 10am to 11am.
I will be reading a section from my book and signing copies at Bury Library, Moss Street, Bury, Lancashire, on Saturday 26th Jan 2013 at 11am until 12.30pm. Guernsey evacuees will also be there to chat to visitors about their wartime experiences. For directions to the venue, call 0161 253 5871
More signing dates to follow
BOOK SIGNING EVENTS IN 2012:
I will be signing copies of my book on Friday 16 November from 12 noon to 2pm at the Guernsey Press Shop, Smith Street, Guernsey. If you would like the shop to reserve a copy of my book for you, for that day, please contact them ASAP on 01481 724 829
I will be signing copies of my book on Sat 24 November 11am -12.30pm at The People’s History Museum,
and with me will be some of the Guernsey evacuees featured in my book. They will chat to visitors and show you their wartime documents and photographs.
The Museum’s location can be found here: http://www.phm.org.uk/visit-us/how-to-find-us/
If you wish to reserve a copy of my book for that day, please contact the Museum ASAP: firstname.lastname@example.org
More signing events to follow soon