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Michael King

 

'The 1940s Revisited'
by Michael King
ISBN 1-900467-13-5.
Softback. 150 x 210mm (approximately)
Text: 120 pages.

£9.99 + £1.00 p&p (UK only)
+ £2.00 p&p for orders outside the UK.

Available by post from:
Mr John Holt
57 Dickens Court
Harold Road
Margate
Kent
CT9 2HN
UK
Telephone 01843 295633

Cheques to be made payable to
'John Holt'.

Popular author Michael King (his previous book was reprinted four times), has once again put pen to paper, this time setting out to take readers back to a period of Britain's history, when the country's very existence was under threat. He then goes on to deal with the 'post-war' period and the aftermath of those terrible years.
While his earlier book 'Stand By Your Beds', dealt with the author's own post-war experiences as a National Serviceman, this latest book recalls a period when Britain stood virtually alone in the world. The book illustrates vividly the 'Britishness' of the period and the 'Bulldog' spirit, which was so apparent at that time.
From the start of the 'Blitz' in 1940, the Royal Family refused to leave the country for abroad, instead staying in London, where they too were to experience the horrors of war. Morale-boosting tours by the King and Queen to the areas of the country taking the brunt of the Luftwaffe's aerial attack in 1940-41, proved of immense importance. Rallying calls by Winston Churchill - that most tenacious of Prime Ministers - encouraged everyone to their 'bit' for the country.
Aged only five-years-old at the start of this unique period of history, the author sets out to describe his personal experiences during the period of the Second World War; the sadness and anxiety of the war years and the varying moods of the people during the years that followed during the rest of the decade.
Although protected by his parents, 'luck' and being too young to understand the true horror of what was happening at this time, the authors recalls the opening shots of the war - the 'Phoney War' - when there were none of the expected air-raids and life seemed to go on much as normal. Air raid shelters, the 'Blackout' and, of course, the relief of the 'All Clear', all are vividly recalled.
However, it was not all 'doom and gloom'. Following the absolute elation shown by people during the 'Victory in Europe' (VE) celebrations, life began to settle down once again.
The wizardry of Stanley Matthews with a football and the swashbuckling battling of Denis Compton, seemed to epitomise the 'Glad to be alive feeling' which then existed, the author seeing in action most of the great teams and players of that era.
Also dealt with is the period that immediately followed the war - the rigours of the 'austerity years' and, of course, 'rationing'. The book describes the Britain of the period - in many ways a very different country from what we know today. It was a more colourful age: trolley buses, trams and steam trains; tradesmen calling at the house, some still with horse-drawn vehicles.
It was an age, generally speaking, of politeness, civility and honesty. Front doors were left open and it was a more sociable world, television having not yet exerted its powerful influence on both adults and children alike. Most families had a 'wireless' and apart from that, had to make their own amusements.
To conclude this excellent book, Michael King writes about life in the second half of the decade: his home life, school experiences and his time in the Boy Scouts.
The 1940s Revisited is an accurate and true-life record of a young English boy's recollections of the 1940s, a decade which will remain forever, as a defining period in the history of Britain, Europe and indeed, the rest of the world.
Although the period was one of absolute horror, when man's propensity for war seemed to have no limits, it was also a time when peoples' attitudes to each other - loyalty, dedication and humanity - shone through undimmed, like a guiding beacon.
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