Published: 01/12/2013
ISBN: 9781783063451
Format: Paperback



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Born in the heart of London’s docklands, John lived a fascinating and untroubled childhood for eight years before Hitler’s bombers arrived to destroy the old world of the East End and force his family... read more

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Alms For Oblivion
by John W O'Sullivan

The lives, loves, activities and deaths of a close knit group of graduates covering the years 1957-2013, plus a final wide-ranging commentary on the world and all it's wicked ways by one of the characters.

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Reviews of John’s Earlier Book: Long Ago and Far Away
Based on family letters, recollections and newspaper reports, the book traced his family’s history during the 1930’s depression and the years of the second world war.

‘Few first-hand accounts of this migration process,’ (from the East End to Essex) ‘are more compelling than those of John O’Sullivan. He is a natural writer, and you can see why his description of life in the 1930’s was snapped up by a publisher . . . Many accounts have been written about the Essex plotlands: John’s loving, but warts-and-all recollection, is perhaps the most evocative.’
Tom King: Essex Echo

‘A wonderfully vivid evocation of its time. I will place it in the university library as a useful source for students . . . I am uplifted by the thought that our students don’t just study history, but make and record it.’
Mark Galeotti: Head of History, Keele University

‘Completely vivid . . .a book to treasure for all those who can remember those years and for those who are interested in recent British Social History.’
Deborah Knox: Shropshire Star

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