It is June 13th, 1940. Terry, seven, and his brother Jack, eleven, stand in a crowd of children on the platform at Welling station. Wearing labels, carrying gas masks and small suitcases, they are evacuees, awaiting the train which will take them to their unknown destination and new lives.
In the tiny Cornish hamlet of Doublebois, the woods and river become their playground; rabbit-catching and night-fishing their new pastimes. But it is the railway, above all, which delights them. It is the richest of childhoods, full of colour, humour and the unselfish love that Uncle Jack, a Welsh ex-miner, and his wife, Auntie Rose, offer without reserve to the two young strangers. And despite fierce rivalry between local kids and the ‘vackies’, village life seems wonderful to the boys.
Warm-hearted and moving, Kisses on a Postcard is a vivid and intimate portrait of a neglected part of our wartime history; a compelling and uplifting memoir of growing up in an extraordinary time.
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Entertaining but mawkish
Interesting and moving childhood story written by a TV producer. He clearly has consummate skill in creating dramatic fiction and admits that he has given free rein to his dramatic impulses in creating his autobiography. The result is overly mawkish but still deserves a recommendation.