This is an absolute joy to read. Terry and his brother Jack were evacuated during World War Two and sent off to an idyllic spot in Cornwall and taken in by a lovely couple.These are Terry's remembrances of those days. A wonderful reminder of the generosity and kindness of people in a dark and difficult time in our history. Funny, charming and at times heartbreaking this will fill you with a warm glow.
This was originally a radio play that won the Play Of The Year award, declared by BBC Drama Department to be ‘the most popular play for a generation.’ It became a stage musical in Barnstaple. Radio Devon said, ‘The best production I have ever seen at the Queens theatre.’
You can see the musical again in Barnstaple this autumn, prior to a full West End production. For full info and some music go the website: www.kissesonapostcard.com
'When you get there', our mum said, 'you find out your new address and you write it on the card. Then you post it at once. Now, the code. Our secret code ...You know how to write a kiss? Well, put one kiss if it's horrible and I'll come straight there and bring you back home. You put two kisses if it's all right. And three kisses if it's really nice. D'you see? Then I'll know' 13 June, 1940. Carefully labelled, and each clutching little brown suitcases, Terry, aged seven, and his elder brother Jack, eleven, stand amid the throng of children which crowds the narrow platform at Welling station awaiting the steam engine which will pull them and their fellow evacuees across the country towards their unknown destination - and their new lives...Warm-hearted and moving, Kisses on a Postcard is a vivid and intimate portrait of our wartime history; a compelling and uplifting memoir of growing up in an extraordinary time.
'In World War Two evacuation was often more frightening for a child than the air-raids from which he was being saved, so it is surprising and delightful to read a positive account of the experience. Frisby has done something difficult: he has made good times and good people more fun to read about than any melodrama, in a book that leaves one feeling grateful and happy'
'Frisby has written a heart-warming account of his life as a 'vacky Daily Telegraph
'A lovely, lovely book'
Publication date: 03/05/2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||3rd May 2010|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Memoirs, Autobiography: historical, political & military, Second World War, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,|
Terence Frisby has worked for many years as playwright, actor, director and producer. As well as the hugely famous There’s a Girl in My Soup, his other stage plays are produced worldwide. He has written many TV plays, two comedy series and has acted, produced and directed in London, Paris, and all over the UK. He lives in London.More About Terence Frisby