No Time to Wave Goodbye

No Time to Wave Goodbye

by Ben Wicks (Author)


By this time I wanted my Mummy and Daddy and to be back in that little terraced house all together again. Later, in a strange cold bed at the end of that long weary day, I hid under the bedclothes and cried. No Time to Wave Goodbye follows the untold tales of some of the 3.5 million evacuees whose lives were suddenly and unforgettably shaken by the upheaval of war. Wicks weaves together the adult memories of children who went to school as normal only to end their day in the homes of complete strangers, within the alien landscape of the English countryside. Unknown to many of them it would now be years before they would once again be reunited with their loved ones. No Time to Wave Goodbye paints a startling and often heartbreaking picture of the evacuees' war.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 03 Aug 2009

ISBN 10: 1408800934
ISBN 13: 9781408800935
Book Overview: Stories from World War Two hold a huge fascination for the British public, especially the thousands who remember the events first hand. 2009 is the 70th anniversary year of the first evacuations and there will be commemorative events to mark this historical landmark. This edition has an introduction by one-time evacuee and national treasure Michael Caine.

Media Reviews
'This vivid collection of memories recreates the whole traumatic story' New Statesman 'Unique Wicks has caught all the pathos and the humour of those traumatic times in a moving book' Yorkshire Evening Post 'An absorbing and frequently touching compilation of personal testimonies' The Listener
Author Bio
Ben Wicks was born in London's East End in 1926. One of Canada's most celebrated cartoonists, and journalists, he was awarded the Order of Canada in 1986. Committed to helping those in need, Ben believed that every child deserved the right to learn to read and write. In 1995, Ben created the Born to Read series. A collection of six practical literacy guides for families and educators. In 1999 he and his wife, Doreen, established the I.Can Foundation which is dedicated to providing poor children around the world with materials and services to enable them to become literate. Ben Wicks passed away in September 2000.