A superb read. I could not begin to imagine the trauma of how a young child felt to be plucked from their family not knowing where they were heading. This account made me feel as close as I would want to be! It was a journey through both the highs and lows of those war years that so many children and their families experienced.
by Heulwen Jones
What a beautifully presented and illustrated account of an individual subjected to the impact of war - not only on him but also on ordinary citizens. A great read for those who enjoy seeing an emotional story unfold but also for those interested the the second world war and its aftermath through to the present day. Not about fighting and physical destruction but how an individual can develop out of adversity and make use of positives. Even after finishing it you are compelled to dip back in again and again to satisfy curiosity about the pressures and outcomes that affected so many.
by Barry Payne
I took delivery of “But for the sake of a tiny wasp” in mid January.
It was a fascinating read which my wife and I both enjoyed. We now have a much better feel and understanding of the trauma that the evacuation of so many young children caused.
The descriptions of the weeks before war was declared as well as its progress were also enlightening.
As for Ron and his siblings, our hearts go out to him and them.
Although Ron’s time at Parham House was “privileged” he was still, along with his small brother,separated from his family and he certainly had a very (very again) rough time in the “billets” that followed- not to mention the loss of his brother on HMSHood.
That he survived to become the man he obviously is today speaks volumes for his character and the lady he married. I would highly recommend this book.
by Mike Vass