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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. I have this book, Olga. I bought it to read to my boys. The cover is different here in SA but it is the same book. I am definitely going to read this to them as soon as we finish reading Pippi Longstocking [for the 100th time SIGH!].

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I’m sure it will make for very interesting conversations. I’ve never read Pippi Longstocking although I remember watching the series when I was a child and I think I had a doll and all. A wonderful character!

  2. This is something that interests me a great deal. I ‘missed’ being a child in the war by seven years, but many of my older relatives and later friends were children at the time. They recalled evacuation from London, to a strange life in country areas and farms. Those that stayed mostly remembered it all as an exciting game. Looking for debris after the raids, hoarding bullets and other memorabilia. With the generation that fought in the war now dying out, these recollections will be the next surviving memories of an important time in our history.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. My mother was born just after the Spanish Civil War and my father right in the middle of it but in a very rural area, where they didn’t see that much of it. I heard my grandmother and my aunts talk about it sometimes, but the children’s point of view are fascinating as some had little understanding of what it all meant. I think you’d enjoy this book (there were some very enterprising kids building all kinds of things out of rubble, bullets…) and it is a great thing that all these memories are being preserved and compiled. Thanks, Pete.

  3. This book couldn’t be more up my street if it tried! Thanks, Olga.

    1. Thanks, Sarah. Pen & Sword have some true gems in their catalogue!

      1. I know! They asked me to write reviews and while I initially said yes, I simply haven’t had time. They asked just as I was moving here and I have had a moment to myself as you know!

          1. They are very nice and are from Barnsley so just a few miles up the road from where I live. Hopefully, when you’re better you might feel up to it. It is impossible to keep up with all the books.

  4. Olga this is such an engaging review. I really enjoyed it. The book sounds to be organized in a way that I would like. Good luck to Amanda.
    Have a thriving Thursday. Huge hugs.

  5. dgkaye says:

    Once again, bookmarked. Great review for what looks like another great read Olga. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. It is well worth a read and brings the war into a much more human perspective.

  6. This book sounds fascinating, and I might buy it for the school library where I tutor.

    1. Thanks, Noelle. That’s a great idea and I’m sure this book would be a great source of discussions and teaching. I know the publishers also sell directly from their own page. Have a great weekend!

  7. This sounds great. I was watching a show on PBS from the U.K. Called Home Fires. Loved it! I guess the show was cancelled in the U.K. and it’s finished. This might do the trick for me. ❤️

    1. Thanks, Colleen. I must try and catch up on that one. It is a great book that brings alive so many people’s experiences. Have a great Sunday!

      1. Thanks for sharing this review. The book sounds wonderful! ❤️

        1. Thank you! ♥

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