In 1940 Brian’s father was called up to fight in the war and was gone for the next five years. His mother took him to Somerset to collect his sister from where she had been sent to escape the Blitz and re-evacuated them all to safety in East Anglia. Seen through a child’s eyes, Brian Sanders’ intriguing recollections of being an evacuee are sometimes funny and often poignant. His highly detailed illustrations conjure a period of shortages when the arrival of the American forces meant chewing gum, comics and nylon stockings. It was also a time when pet rabbits went on holiday to their relatives - and never returned...
Evacuee, a Wartime Childhood is available here at Small Fort, or at amazon.co.uk.