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Title As green as grass : growing up before, during and after the Second World War / Emma Smith.
Author Smith, Emma, 1923-
Publication London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Description 307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Call # B SMITH A
Summary Emma Smith (born Elspeth Hallsmith) and her family are uprooted to the Devonshire village of Crapstone, on the outskirts of Dartmoor. When Emma's father, a decorated hero of the First World War, suffers a terrible breakdown, her mothers rallies courageously. When the Second World War breaks out in 1939, Emma is training as a secretary. Her budding philosopher brother, Jim, joins up with the RAF and rebellious Pam enlists with the women's branch. Emma then chooses to work on the canal boats, where she must learn to deal with hard manual labour, a sinking boat and buckets instead of toilets. When the war finally ends Emma's newfound adventurous spirit takes her all over the world: to literary London where she meets Laurie Lee and begins to forge her own writing career; to India to film a love story during the Darjeeling tea harvest; to the coast of France to work in a boarding house where she falls helplessly in love with a boy; and to Paris where she writes her second novel. Endlessly engaging and capturing English life in all its charm, this is the story of an unusual young woman maturing against a backdrop of enormous social change and a life shaped by fortuitous opportunity.
Subject Smith, Emma, 1923- -- Childhood and youth.
Smith, Emma, 1923- -- Family.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 1918-1945.
Great Britain -- History -- George VI, 1936-1952 -- Biography.
ISBN 1408835614 (hardcover) :
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