Welcome To Day 4 Of #BooksForChristmas from Sarah Jane & Rukia Publishing
For your reading and listening delight today we have TWO memoirs to recommend to you.
Prunes for Breakfast
by John Searancke
Many years after the deaths of my parents, my aunt handed me a box filled with letters that my father had written to my mother over the period from 1940 to 1945. This was the starting point of a journey for me to rediscover the father I had never really known.
This is the story of John Searancke's parents, told mostly from the side of his father, Eddie Searancke, from the time of his calling up in early 1940 to his release from a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1945, thence his return to England to try to pick up the pieces of his old life. Nothing could ever be quite the same afterwards.
The letters take listeners through five captivating years, telling of the ups and downs, the plots and counterplots, as Eddie rose through the ranks to end his war as a captain, elevated to that rank in the field as his troops faced the formidable might of the SS Panzers. The letters also reveal where his battle came to an abrupt end, in an orchard surrounded by the enemy and captured after a series of bloody skirmishes as the British army spearheaded its way from the beaches of Normandy. The journey as a prisoner across France and Germany in a truck, with comrades dying each day, may be as hard to listen to as it is to tell, particularly when a new life and new harsh rules had to be learned and rigidly enforced in a prison camp in northern Germany, the final destination.
This is written as part memoir, part fictionalized retelling and partly in letter format; John draws together all sources to recreate the five years of war and hardship that the letters span.
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The Lullaby Illusion
By Susan Joyce
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Here's what Amazon readers are saying about The Lullaby Illusion.
"Rich in dialogue, humour and history, with glorious descriptions of her travels, in this memoir we see Susan Joyce develop from the innocent young wife into a wise and determined woman."
"An absolutely gripping memoir written by somebody who has that rare combination - experience of earth shattering events which turn our stomachs to water, and the writing skills to capture the whole experience."
"Each page brings another revelation, leaving the reader amazed at how intriguing her life has been so far. Mixed with emotional trauma, war and interspersed with details of other adventures, and leaving you wanting more. It is a Memoir that will leave you amazed."
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We hope you enjoy our recommended reads!