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A 1940s Childhood

Author : James Marsh
ISBN : 9780750957069
Genre : History
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Do you remember collecting shrapnel and listening to Children’s Hour? Carrying gas masks or sharing your school with evacuees from the city? The 1940s was a time of great challenge for everyone who lived through it. From the hardships and fear of a World War, with Britain’s towns and cities were being bombed on an almost nightly basis, to the trauma of being parted from ones parents and sent away to the country to live with complete strangers. For just over half of this decade the war continued, meaning food and clothing shortages became a way of life. But through it all, and afterwards, the simplicity of kids shone through. From collecting bits of shot down German aircraft to playing in bomb-strewn streets, kids made their own fun. Then there was the joy of the second half of this decade when fathers came home and fun things started up again. This trip down memory lane will take you through the most memorable and evocative experiences of growing up in the 1940s.
Category: History

Selected Poems

Author : Louis Johnson
ISBN : 086473350X
Genre : New Zealand poetry
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Louis Johnson (1924-1988) published many volumes of verse over 45 years. This selection comes from all phases of his career, with reprints of many difficult to obtain works. Includes a biographical introduction and many of Johnson's own comments on the origins and inspirations of his poems. Terry Sturm is Professor of English the University of Auckland, a friend and colleague of Johnson.
Category: New Zealand poetry

The Changing Faces Of Childhood Cancer

Author : Joanna Baines
ISBN : 9781137353528
Genre : Medical
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This book traces the development of British answers to the problem of childhood cancer. The establishment of the NHS and better training for paediatricians, meant children were given access to experimental chemotherapy, sending cure rates soaring. Children with cancer were thrust into the spotlight as individuals' stories of hope hit the headlines.
Category: Medical

Toys And Fun In The 1940s And 50s

Author : Faye Gardner
ISBN : 0237529068
Genre : Games
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Family Scrapbook features the memories and photographs of real life grannies. Lively narrative text is supported by a wide range of photographs which feature anything from contemporary adverts to pictures of the grandma's with their own parents and grandparents. Toys & Fun in the 1940s & 1950s looks at the games children played and the popular toys of that era.
Category: Games

Appalachian Dance

Author : Susan Eike Spalding
ISBN : 9780252096457
Genre : Performing Arts
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In Appalachian Dance, Susan Eike Spalding employs twenty-five years' worth of rich interviews with black and white Virginians, Tennesseeans, and Kentuckians to explore the evolution and social uses of dance practices in each region. Spalding analyzes how issues as disparate as industrialization around coal, race relations, and the 1970s folk revival profoundly influenced freestyle clogging and other dance forms. She reveals how African Americans and Native Americans, as well as European immigrants drawn to the timber mills and coal fields, added to local dance vocabularies. By placing each community in its sociopolitical and economic context, Spalding explores how the formal and stylistic nuances found in Appalachian dance reflect the beliefs, shared understandings, and experiences of the community at large.
Category: Performing Arts

A Harpenden Childhood Remembered

Author : John Cooper
ISBN : 9780752486871
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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John Cooper vividly recalls the dark days of the Second World War - air raids, rationing, Home Guard manoeuvres, prisoners of war on the doorstep and the excitement of VE Day - and the long, carefree days of post-war childhood that followed, when the pace of life was much gentler than today. The author recalls local shops, now long gone, such as Harriden's grocery store and Mr Lines the blacksmith, as well as Harpenden's two cinemas, in one of which he was briefly employed as a projectionist. Memories of the glittering Festival of Britain and Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation celebrations, together with a nostalgic journey back to Harpenden, round off this trip down memory lane, which will surely appeal to anyone interested in the history of Hertfordshire within living memory
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Literature Of The 1940s War Postwar And Peace

Author : Gill Plain
ISBN : 9780748631513
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A groundbreaking re-reading of the literary response to a decade of trauma and transformation This study undoes the customary division of the 1940s into the Second World War and after. Instead, it focuses on the thematic preoccupations that emerged from writers' immersion in and resistance to the conflict. Through seven chapters - Documenting, Desiring, Killing, Escaping, Grieving, Adjusting and Atomising - the book sets middlebrow and popular writers alongside residual modernists and new voices to reconstruct the literary landscape of the period. Detailed case studies of fiction, drama and poetry provide fresh critical perspectives on writers as diverse as Margery Allingham, Alexander Baron, Elizabeth Bowen, Keith Douglas, Henry Green, Graham Greene, Georgette Heyer, Alun Lewis, Nancy Mitford, George Orwell, Mervyn Peake, J. B. Priestley, Terence Rattigan, Mary Renault, Stevie Smith, Dylan Thomas and Evelyn Waugh. Key Features Detailed and theoretically informed case studies of canonical writers such as Bowen, Orwell, Greene and Waugh Case studies and critical re-evaluations of popular genre writers and forgotten writers
Category: Literary Criticism

Face To Face

Author : Philip Vann
ISBN : UCSC:32106017110104
Genre : Art
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The core of this book is a detailed examination of 100 British self-portraits in the remarkable Ruth Borchard Collection. The earliest include works by Raymond Coxon, Ithell Colquhoun, Carel Weight and Anne Redpath from the first half of last century, but most are from the 1950s and 60s, helping evoke an entire period in British art and its myriad developing strands. All kinds of artistic influences are to be seen here - art school academicism, Camden Town, Expressionism, the Euston Road School, Kitchen Sink, continental Existentialism. The Collection is full of revelations of once relatively obscure artists who have gone on to become critically appreciated, along with artists of stature who have been unfairly neglected. Each portrait is accompanied by a text discussing the work in some detail, the artist's background and development and any relevant writings. In all, self-portraits by 220 artists are illustrated, mainly in color.
Category: Art

Pocket With A Hole

Author : Brenda Bullock
ISBN : 1858582938
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Brenda Bullock, brought up on a council housing estate in Sheldon, holds up a mirror to Birmingham in the 1940s and 1950s: she tells of the games played then in the streets: hopscotch, queenie, marbles, skipping, roller skating. She takes us back to school life during and after the war, to what it was like to be sick before the advent of the NHS and antibiotics; the struggle to make ends meet and find enough food to put on the table; the pawn shop, hiding from the rentman - all the experiences shared by so many children of the '40s and '50s, all illustrated by line drawings of the old Birmingham landmarks by architect, Matthew Bullock.