Published: 01/12/2013
ISBN: 9781783061983
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I am retired and living in the beautiful village of Adber in Dorset.Well, I guess being retired is not really true because I have been working for the past five years on my writing career...that is ha... read more

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Coal Sacks for Curtains
Based on a true story
by Joni Powling

On 3rd September, 1939, Britain declared war on Germany.

The award-winning Coal Sacks for Curtains places readers deep in the ruins and rubble of London during those war-torn years, when German planes pounded the capital night after night.

This personal documented story, inspired by the author’s real experiences, takes readers to a place no-one wants to go, but from where there is no escape. Experience the trials and tribulations of protagonist Josie growing up in those devastating years. Feel her terror as she first faces death at twelve years of age. Live her tender moments and powerful emotions of first love when she meets Michael, a young RAF air gunner who, at the age of 18, is destined to be ‘one of the few’. Told with vivid recollection, this story is powerful, heart-wrenching, romantic and inspirational. Live every moment of Josie’s journey. Can she survive unscathed?

Coal Sacks for Curtains is an evocative, gripping story that will appeal to fans of World War 2 fiction and romance novels. Joni Powling’s writing has been compared to that of Catherine Cookson.

Winner of the 2011 Free Read Scheme, a competition funded by the Arts Council of London that finds the most talented up and coming authors in the area.

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Coal Sacks for Curtains is available at your local book shop and, I am happy to say that it available at your local library.You can also read it as an e-book.
I have given a talk at the Yeovil Literary Festival recently and will be
interviewed on Abbey 104 Radio Station on the 12th January between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Love to have you listen in.

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Female First

This is the third book I have read by this author. Have just finished reading 'Coal Sacks' so interesting could not put it down. Although being a bit younger than Joni I well remember the trauma of the air raids, everyday conditions and being evacuated into the country. Thy were scary times but people bonded together to help one another. A very good read. Well worth a read.

by cataholic


A great story, exactly as it was in those turbulent, dangerous times yet we had to keep going and make the best of it.

by Leonard Powling


If you shut your eyes, it's like you're living the book... Can't wait for your next book; this is the second book of yours I've read.

by L Dalgleish


VERY GOOD BOOK TAKES YOU THERE IT WAS VERY HARD TO PUT DOWN ONCE STARTED IF YOU LIKE TRUE STOREYS THIS IS FOR YOU WELL DONE TO JONI POWLING.

by Peter


I have all of Joni Powlings books and they all make excellent reading. I've just read 'Coal Sacks for Curtains' and found it both emotive and thought provoking. Thankfully not having lived through a war, my level of understanding stops at images and film footage from the time, however Joni took me on a journey of what life was like as a young child growing up in a war torn environment - I was able to look behind those images of war of which we all get desensitised, and really feel the rawness of a personal story of growing up in those times. A great read!

by Sue Green


What a great read Coal Sacks for Curtains was, it took you into the every day life of an ordinary family during world war 2. You felt as if you were living it the way Joni told her story. But when reading it make sure you have a hanky handy. Well done Joni Powling.

by Jean


"Coal Sacks For Curtains" recreates the war years into stark reality as a young girl faces the hardships it brings into her life. A must read for World War 2 enthusiasts. Ms. Powling writes with a clear, interesting, discriptive hand placing the reader on every page. The slang language of how the poor spoke during that time makes it all the more authentic. Once started, it will be hard to put the book down until finished. I look forward to a sequel when once again we can revisit a time none of us should ever forget.

by Lesley


This is the first book that I've read by this author and I found it extremely interesting. The story brought to life the hardship suffered by the people who lived through the war years. Following the main character Josie as she grew up and her sister's experience in the Land Army was educational and poignant. the story was extremely sad at times, but had a ring of optimism at the end. It would be good to follow Josie's next experiences, a sequel perhaps ?

by Anna M. Green


I have all of Joni Powlings books and they all make excellent reading. I've just read 'Coal Sacks for Curtains' and found it both emotive and thought provoking. Thankfully not having lived through a war, my level of understanding stops at images and film footage from the time, however Joni took me on a journey of what life was like as a young child growing up in a war torn environment - I was able to look behind those images of war of which we all get desensitised, and really feel the rawness of a personal story of growing up in those times. A great read!

by Suzanna Verdi


I have just finished reading Coal Sacks For Curtains.It was fantastic I loved it. If any one wants to know what it was like growing up in the war then this book will take you there,it took me there WOW.I was sad when I came to the end of the book.I have read lots of books but this beats them all.
I hope there will be a sequel.

by Sonia Mee


Just finished this book found it a great read, being I was also living in London during the war it brought back many memories. Look forward to a follow up of the book.

by Patsy


I was interested to read coal sacks for curtains as it is based on a true story of joni's life during ww2 in London, I doubt you will read in any history books of the day to day life of people back in these dark times of our country, today people moan if there's no wifi signal........ they need to read this book.

by Dez Hobbs


 

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