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Goodbye East End

An Evacuee's Story

By David Merron

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 02 July 2015
As Hitler's bombs threatened London during World War Two, eight-year-old David Merron was removed from his family and close-knit Jewish community in the East End and evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. Placed into the car of strangers, life was sometimes unpredictable and lonely. But, with time, the rural world became an exciting adventure playground in which he flourished. Set against a dramatic wartime backdrop, Goodbye East End is about the conflict between a London boy's unexpected love of the countryside and his guilt about not missing home as much as he might. It's the moving story of a childhood experience that changed a young boy's life forever.

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A powerful memoir of a young boy's evacuation from the East End of London during World War 2.

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Born in London's East End, David Merron was evacuated as a wartime child to the countryside. After Grammar School he served two years of National Service. On demobilisation, he moved to a kibbutz in Israel, where he stayed for fifteen years, serving periods as general secretary, farm manager and building supervisor. During this time, he began writing short stories and anecdotal accounts of kibbutz life. Returning to England in the 1970s, he continued writing, mainly short stories and articles for magazines, and self published his kibbutz stories as Collectively Yours. Having participated in writing courses and in several writers' groups, he also self published two novels and a short story collection. He holds a Masters' degree from UCL and lives in North London.

EAN: 9780552171472
ISBN: 0552171476
Publisher: Corgi Books
Dimensions: 19.81 x 13.21 x 2.29 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Belinda on
A poignant story of a Jewish boy evacuated to a very English country village. The book tells of his growing love for the countryside and his guilty feelings at not wanting to return to the East End of London.
When times are hard he finds it impossible to maintain his Jewish faith because his prayers are not answered, he finds his father's strict adherence to Jewish principles harsh.
His life is changed forever by the experience and it is so good to have the child's perspective and to see how difficult it was for host families to understand the city children and their different ways
Graham on
Lets hope this sort of thing never happens again to children anywhere in the world.

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