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Beneath Safer Skies

A Child Evacuee in Shropshire

Fleeing the heavy bombing in Kent in 1940, Anthea Toft was eight years old when she arrived with her mother to live on a remote farm in deepest Shropshire. The contrast between her sheltered middle class life in the Home Counties, and that of the hard-working rural existence of the farming folk with whom she found herself, is vividly recorded in this remarkable account.

A sensitive and nervous child, Anthea recalls with astonishing clarity the events that changed her young life at that time.

A fascinating snap-shot of the farming communities and a lost way of rural life in Shropshire during the second world war.

Anthea’s account as a child-evacuee is interspersed with photographs and highlights from letters written between her parents at the time.

Author: Anthea Toft
ISBN: 978 1 906122 65 2
Published: August 2014
Format: 216 x 138 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 128
43 black & white photographs
Price: £12.00

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