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Don't Forget to Write: The True Story of an Evacuee and her Family | [Pam Hobbs]

Don't Forget to Write: The True Story of an Evacuee and her Family

In June 1940, 10-year-old Pam Hobbs and her sister Iris took the long journey from their council home in Leigh-on-Sea to faraway rural Derbyshire. Living away from Mum and Dad for two long years, Pam was moved between four foster homes. In some she and Iris found a second family, with babies to look after, car rides and picnics, and even a pet pig. But other billets took a more sinister turn, as the adults found it easy to exploit the children in their care.
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Publisher's Summary

“Dad walked determinedly down the path, joined by two neighbours with five children between them. As we reached the corner of Kent Avenue, I looked back for one last wave. But Mum had buried her head in her pinny and it was a year before I saw her again.”

In June 1940, 10-year-old Pam Hobbs and her sister Iris took the long journey from their council home in Leigh-on-Sea to faraway rural Derbyshire. Living away from Mum and Dad for two long years, Pam was moved between four foster homes. In some, she and Iris found a second family, with babies to look after, car rides and picnics, and even a pet pig. But other billets took a more sinister turn, as the adults found it easy to exploit the children in their care.

Returning to Essex, things would never be the same again, and the war was far from over. Making do with rations, dodging bombs and helping with the war effort, Pam and her family struggled to get by.

In Don't Forget to Write, with warmth and vivid detail, Pam describes a time that was full of overwhelming hardship and devastatio - yet also of kindness and humour, resilience and courage.

©2009 Pam Hobbs (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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  • K
    6/8/14
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    "Good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Don't Forget to Write the most enjoyable?

    It was an interesting subject and well read


    What other book might you compare Don't Forget to Write to, and why?

    Cannot think of a comparison


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The details of the period and personal experiences an emotions


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A child's war


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book but I would describe it as a child's war experience rather than an evacuation story as a lot of it is actually written about before and after evacuation, it does not make the book ant less enjoyable but the impression if the tittle would make you think it is based solely on her evacuation experience.

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  • Fran
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    6/12/13
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    "Great story"

    Excellent story of a young girls life as an evacuee. how she coped and felt. Well written and also an insight into life during world war 2

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