Don't Forget to Write
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Don't Forget to Write


In June 1940, 10-year-old Pam Hobbs and her sister Iris took the long journey from their council home in Leigh-on-Sea to faraway rural Derbyshire. Living away from Mum and Dad for two long years, Pam was moved between four foster homes. In some she and Iris found a second family, with babies to look after, car rides and picnics, and even a pet pig. But other billets took a more sinister turn, as the adults found it easy to exploit the children in their care. Returning to Essex, things would never be the same again, and the war was far from over. Making do with rations, dodging bombs, and helping with the war effort, Pam and her family struggled to get by. In Don't Forget to Write, with warmth and vivid detail, Pam describes a time that was full of overwhelming hardship and devastation; yet also of kindness and humor, resilience and courage.

Title:Don't Forget to Write
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages

    Don't Forget to Write Reviews

  • Jenny L
    Sep 13, 2013

    My father and his brother were evacuated during WWII, but he never talks about it, nor indeed about the war. This book is a powerful reminder of what the British people endured throughout six years. T...

  • Vickie
    Feb 19, 2011

    I enjoyed this perspective of WWII. A true story & an angle I hadn't read about before. We live such pampered lives compared to the people then. I'm not sure that we ( as a people) are capable of the ...

  • Emily
    Nov 09, 2016

    This was a well-written and informative account of one evacuee's experience in host homes and in her own village during World War II. One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the author's freque...

  • Rochelle
    Sep 14, 2014

    I heard about Pam Hobbs while listening to NPR and ran to my computer to order a copy of this book! I was right to be excited. Hobbs has an easy writing style that makes you feel as if you are sitting...

  • Jane
    Nov 25, 2011

    This was a very interesting insight into the experiences shared by so many children during the war and of their return home. Being one of a large family compromising of sisters it was also very intere...

  • Adasa
    Jan 16, 2016

    You know i've always read about World War 11 from the perspective of the atrocities committed against the Jewish Nation. This is the first time that i have read about what the citizens of the allied c...

  • Lenore
    Jun 14, 2013

    Another very interesting look at what happened to children in England during WWII. The British government felt children would be safer if evacuated to different areas of the country. This would tear f...

  • Susan
    Sep 01, 2014

    This is a fascinating, firsthand account of growing up in England and experiencing evacuation during World War II. The book doesn't have the flourishes some accounts might have, but the reader does aw...

  • Wendy
    Aug 03, 2015

    I really enjoyed this book. Although I have read quite a bit about WW II and heard a lot from my parents and other relatives, I hadn't read much about England nor thought about how different kids expe...

  • Natalie
    Mar 07, 2010

    My mother was a child evacuee from Purley during WWII and I found this book fascinating. So much of it reminded me of the stories my mother told, and it gave me a window into what she went through in ...