1939. Nine year old Susie and her sister Gyll live in Watford, and all week look forward to their Saturday shopping expedition to Woolworths with their nanny, to buy something nice for Mummy. But as war breaks out in Europe, the girls are evacuated to Africa. Feeling abandoned and alone, the sisters find their new life miserable and get no sympathy from their guardians, who force them to wear patched-up clothes and be in bed by six o'clock. As time passes and letters from home stop arriving, the sisters dream of escape and of returning to idyllic England. Yet when they finally do arrive home, all the changes that await them make for a very different life than the one they had longed for...Intensely funny and charming, Susan Kennaway writes about growing up during the Second World War with rare honesty and insight.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Susan Kennaway
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN 10: 1408822377
Publication Date: 05 July 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
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'The Kennaway Papers is a courageous and a healing book ... It is a reminder of the high talent that was snuffed out by James Kennaway's premature death ... and - almost as an undeclared bonus - it introduces Susan Kennaway as a highly gifted writer on her account. This remarkable book is an unsparing account of old loves and infidelities' Sunday Times 'Susan Kennaway writes with a beautiful lucidity and balance, and a rare candour too' London Review of Books 'The Kennaway Papers is a remarkably honest yet bleakly anguished book ... For these glimpses and the blazing intensity of Kennaway's work, Susan Kennaway has done herself and the memory of her first husband proud' Scotsman
Susan Kennaway was born in Watford in 1930. At the onset of the Second World War, she and her sister were evacuated to Africa. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College and later at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. She married the writer James Kennaway, and they had four children before his death in a car accident, aged forty. Susan then opened and ran a successful restaurant in the Cotswolds until she married Stanley Vereker on her fiftieth birthday. They moved to the Tarn in France where Susan created a highly acclaimed garden and now restores porcelain. Susan Kennaway is the author of The Kennaway Papers. The Yellow Duster Sisters is her second book.
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