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Keep Smiling Through

by Dame Vera Lynn, Virginia Lewis-Jones

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If you are a fan of autobiographies, this book doesn't disappoint. Covering what historically has been one chapter of previous books on Dame Vera Lynn, this book finally offers much more detail on the events that cemented Dame Vera as The Forces Sweetheart. With fascinating insights and links to specific military events (prefect for those who enjoy their military history) as well as letters home and comments from soldiers and family who helped Dame Vera entertain the troops of Burma’s Forgotten Army.

Carefully written and better by virtue of not being written with a celebrity angle. The book rewards the reader with a compelling timeline of events and brings to life a rollercoaster of challenges that awaited the young singer. For me, the element that makes this book shine is the information compiled from others, these letters and comments bring the book to life as a carefully balanced historical document wrapped up in an autobiography. This isn’t taking anything away from the Dame Vera Lynn story, just adds so much more to it! A very rewarding read.

Keep Smiling Through Synopsis

'I was just twenty-seven years old when I went to Burma. It was an experience that changed my life for ever. Up until that time I had not really travelled anywhere at all, apart from one touring visit to Holland with a band I was singing with before the war, and I had certainly never been in an aeroplane. But I wanted to make a difference, to do my bit.'

And she did. Written with her daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones this will be a powerful and life-affirming account of the time she spent with troops in wartime Burma. Based, in part on a diary she kept, alongside unpublished personal letters and photographs from surviving veterans and their families, it will explore why it was such a life-defining event for her and show how her presence helped the soldiers, airmen and others who heard her sing.

 

Keep Smiling Through Press Reviews

a book that is valuable to us all...definitely for everyone    Frost Magazine

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ISBN: 9781780898346
Publication date: 16/11/2017
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780898346
Publication date: 16th November 2017
Author: Dame Vera Lynn, Virginia Lewis-Jones
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
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About Dame Vera Lynn, Virginia Lewis-Jones

Dame Vera Lynn was born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917 and adopted the stage name of Vera Lynn at the age of eleven. She was already an established singer by the time the war broke out in 1939, but during the Second World War had enormous success with songs like 'We'll Meet Again', 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square'. She continued to have a successful career after the war, hosted her own variety TV series on BBC1 in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was a guest on a number of other shows including ...

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