I thoroughly loved this book telling the tales of Angela's personal life. I'm only 32 but it fascinates me how life was back in those days... I would've loved to have been around in the 50s and 60s, it truly was an amazing read!
by Rachel Grantham
I was very excited at the prospect of being able to read this book, because I have taught some modern history and this book looked as if it would be a good supplement to a history curriculum. It started very well, with the descriptions of the Boer War and the Great War. At first, I wasn’t too sure about the author’s use of surmising what her characters said and thought, but on reflection, it was a clever technique to give some substance to people who were just names, otherwise. Her description of the First World War and her father’s involvement was quite poignant and my initial reaction was to give the book 4 stars. Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn’t live up to the promising start. Her description of the lead-up to and the later events of the Second World War were patchy and not detailed enough for me. The blitz, an important part of the war was barely mentioned. I know that the book was about her family history in the context of the times, but major events were not mentioned; the Berlin airlift, as an example. There was a hint of a dark side to her mother’s family; association with the Nazi’s, perhaps? This was not pursued and added to my growing disappointment. When it came to the events from the 50’s onward, it really fell apart, with her description of her relationship with her family, rather than an analytical look at the history of those times. These were my times and I wanted to read a description of those years, but apart from the mention of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and short skirts (!), there was nothing to convey some of the major events that took place; National Service, which I and many other young men had to undergo, the Suez crisis, the violent independence campaign in Cyprus, Kennedy’s assassination. I could go on with what was left out, but enough of criticism, the book was an interesting concept, I’m only sorry I couldn’t be more positive about it.
by Terry Gibson
Angela was born to a British father and German mother. She was brought up in Plymouth and after moved to Aldershot where she still resides.In 1978 she started work as a lecturer in a further education college teaching business. She retired from teaching in 2008 and worked as a PA to a charity. She became a carer in a home for the elderly with dementia. She has retired and taken on voluntary work as well as indulging in her hobby of story writing.