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Children of the Blitz: Memories of Wartime Childhood - Robert Westall

Viking, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Gently bruised at head of spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the DJ, ¾" closed tear. DJ stained on the edges at the reverse, bleeding through slightly. Price Clipped. Text bright and tight.

Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “A marvellous account of what it was like to be a child then. The sounds and smells come over vividly: ‘the sinking in the gut at the sound of the siren, the smell of cordite on the autumn air, the taste of dried egg and spam.’ But beyond that, there is another dimension, the secret war that many children led behind the backs of adults. For them, the war was fun, and they enjoyed it to the full, even if what they did was frequently illegal and sometimes downright lethal: the boy who cycled round blitzed Coventry with an unexploded bomb tied to his crossbar; the machine-gun post on top of Withernsea church tower, manned by the church choir, lying in wait for the daily low-flying sneak raider; the kids who broke into a prison camp full of German POWs; and, most amazing of all, the three ‘heroes’ of Barmouth who fought a pitched gun battle against a platoon of Royal Marines with stolen rifles and ammunition.

Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 237 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.