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Come Back, Dinky Bumstead



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Come Back, Dinky Bumstead by Brian A.F. Elks
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This novel presents a wartime childhood journey from Dover to Wales, Dover, Canterbury and Kent. This is an historical novel of a boy's wartime journey, from 1940 to 1945. As Dunkirk falls the children of Dover are evacuated to South Wales. Our boy, aged 5, is taken off to an unknown strange world at short notice. A difficult period follows as he adjusts to life with a strange family and in some ways, an alien culture. After 2 years, he is taken back to Dover by his father, a father of whom he has no memory, following some ill treatment. Dover is under bombardment and the family sleep in the 'caves' under the White Cliffs. But not for long as the more peaceful city of Canterbury beckons. Hitler's bombers follow and try to destroy the city after killing a playmate. The need for a home of their own takes the family to the edge of the village of Westbere. Do the people give in or cringe? No, they never think of or accept the possibility of defeat. When we sang 'We'll meet again' we did with the utter conviction that we would meet and the day would be sunny. Our teachers taught us for and about a better tomorrow. But it was a hard time and the effects on family life, and the many separations, brought many difficulties and consequences. The book ends on VE Day in 1945 - but the story, like life, goes on.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2006
New edition
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Brian A.F. Elks
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