World's End: A Memoir of a Blitz Childhood

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Best-selling author Donald James grew up in World’s End, Chelsea during the Blitz years. Just on the edge of a fashionable middle class world, his childhood experience was in stark contrast to the privileged, bourgeois lifestyle glimpsed a few hundred yards away. He grew up in stark poverty and depredation, a hard existence yet shot through by the humour and courage of his family and neighbours. World’s End was a melting pot of the working class labourers who flooded to London in the previous century to make their fortunes, and Donald’s family was no exception. Though it was hard, Donald’s was a happy childhood until the war came. Then came the night that Donald’s world, did literally end and with it his childhood.

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DONALD WHEAL is the real name of DONALD JAMES, the critically acclaimed thriller writer of Monstrum, The Fortune Teller and Vadim. As Donald Wheal he has also written The Fall of the Russian Empire and The Penguin Dictionary of the Third Reich.

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"'An overwhelmingly honest account of one boy's wartime memories'" * The Good Books Guide * "'Written to almost make you wish you had been there'" * The Times * "'Terrific, an insightful memoir about family love'" * Evening Standard * "'I loved it. Wheal spins a fine, affecting tale. It begins in a world where, on Fridays, factory girls wore curlers in their hair, and the now gentrified streets were once known for the brutality of their Saturday night fights. It ends with the horrors and destruction of war.' Gilda O'Neill, author of My East End and Our Street"

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