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ISBN: 9781906551247
AUTHOR: John C Harding
A Child's War in Cornwall
A Child's War in Cornwall
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John Harding was just eight and a half years old when war was declared in 1939. His is the ‘Voice of a schoolboy’ in this remarkable memoir of an idyllic childhood spent In Cornwall against the background of the dark clouds of war.

Moving from Bristol to Plymouth in what has been described as ‘England's darkest hour’, he, together with his mother, brother and sisters, experience the horrors of the Blitz, as a result of which – joined by their father – they move to the remote and seemingly peaceful region bordering the Fal estuary in Cornwall.

For a young boy the estuary, creeks and countryside, with its woods and fields offer a paradise for exploration. Befriending local children and fellow evacuees, they discover the delights of messing about in boats which provided them with a perfect environment.

However as the war progresses it intrudes more and more into their lives and the importance of Falmouth as a strategic port attracts enemy aircraft attention. The build up of American men and equipment in preparation for the D Day landings, provide the youngsters with a unique opportunity to see, and share history in the making.

In A Child’s War in Cornwall the author describes the rural idyll that was Cornwall in the 1940s against the background of World War Two. His fond memories of those times provide a fascinating glimpse of times past and heartwarming reminiscences of a most fortunate childhood.

John C.Harding philosophy is ‘a man with many hobbies has many friends’. John has many friends. His hobbies include marine painting, astral navigation, collecting scientific instruments, photography and wildlife gardening. John’s interests are UFOs, naval history, steam engines, aviation history and electric clocks.

Imprint: Ryelands. ISBN 978 1 906551 24 7, hardback, 297x210mm, 128 pages. Published June 2010.

 
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