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Goodbye East End : an evacuee's story / David Merron.

By: Merron, David.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Corgi Books, 2015Description: 364 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780552171472.Subject(s): Merron, David -- Childhood and youth | World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians -- England -- London | Jewish families -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- Great Britain | Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 940.53161092 Summary: "As Hitler's bombs rained down hell during World War 2, eight-year-old David Merron was taken from the heart of his close-knit Jewish community in London's East End and evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. Transplanted into an alien world, adrift from his nurturing family and at the mercy of sometimes cold-hearted strangers, life was frightening and lonely. The strangeness of this new existence - its religious and cultural shifts - left David confused and questioning not only his faith but his very sense of self. But, with time, David realised that the rural world was also beautiful. Far from the cramped and often poverty-stricken East End, the countryside was wild and wonderful - an adventure playground in which a curious lad was free to flourish. Immersed in the ebb and flow of country life, David harboured a secret. Increasingly, he didn't want to return to the dirty streets of the East End. Sometimes, he didn't want the war to end. David's moving memoir is about a small boy's burgeoning love of the countryside and the confusion he felt about not missing - and not missing - home. Set against a wartime backdrop of flaming skies and pluming black smoke, it is a celebration of the wonder and tranquility of the natural world that changed the shape of his life." -- Publisher's description.
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As Hitler's bombs threatened London during World War Two, eight-year-old David Merron was removed from his family and close-knit Jewish community in the East End and evacuated to the safety of the English countryside.

Placed into the car of strangers, life was sometimes unpredictable and lonely. But, with time, the rural world became an exciting adventure playground in which he flourished.

Set against a dramatic wartime backdrop, Goodbye East End is about the conflict between a London boy's unexpected love of the countryside and his guilt about not missing home as much as he might. It's the moving story of a childhood experience that changed a young boy's life forever.

"As Hitler's bombs rained down hell during World War 2, eight-year-old David Merron was taken from the heart of his close-knit Jewish community in London's East End and evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. Transplanted into an alien world, adrift from his nurturing family and at the mercy of sometimes cold-hearted strangers, life was frightening and lonely. The strangeness of this new existence - its religious and cultural shifts - left David confused and questioning not only his faith but his very sense of self. But, with time, David realised that the rural world was also beautiful. Far from the cramped and often poverty-stricken East End, the countryside was wild and wonderful - an adventure playground in which a curious lad was free to flourish. Immersed in the ebb and flow of country life, David harboured a secret. Increasingly, he didn't want to return to the dirty streets of the East End. Sometimes, he didn't want the war to end. David's moving memoir is about a small boy's burgeoning love of the countryside and the confusion he felt about not missing - and not missing - home. Set against a wartime backdrop of flaming skies and pluming black smoke, it is a celebration of the wonder and tranquility of the natural world that changed the shape of his life." -- Publisher's description.

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