two books in one volume, War Boy and the sequel, After the War Was Over. Specially bound collector's item. Limited edition - each copy signed by the author. In one of the most unusual war memories ever published the artist and children's book illustrator Michael Foreman looks back on his own wartime childhood in a village on the Suffolk coast of England. this was no sanctuary from danger however, for nearby Lowestoft was under frequent attack, and from the moment when a fire bomb exploded in his bedroom the young Foreman knew that his family was living in the front line. Narrated and illustrated with simplicity and humour, War Boy will captivate readers of all ages with its authentic child's-eye-view of war. In After the War Was over, Michael describes life in post-war Suffolk, beginning in the summer of 1945 when victory bonfires still burned and Empire pink covered the map. He recalls how bombsites became playgrounds, the coast a setting for boyhood games of cowboys and Indians, and he remembers the excitement of an early trip to London when the Palace guards were still in khaki wartime uniforms. His marvellously evocative watercolours show bus conductors drinking tea from their saucers, the 'scrumping' of apples from the gardens of abandoned houses, tin baths, ration books and demob suits. In this fascinating book Michael Foreman has created a memorable picture of life in the 1950s for children of today. Austere Academy Lemony Snicket 0064408639 208 pages
Michael Foreman's numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world's leading illustrators. He has regularly collaborated with Terry Jones, Michael Morpurgo and others while several of his own books are also considered modern classics. Titles include War Boy, War Game, Terry Jones's Erik the Viking and Animal Tales, Michael Morpurgo's Farm Boy and many more.