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By: Sheila Nelson

A Young Girl’s War

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Imagine growing up in London during World War II and being evacuated multiple times. Your simple way of life as an eight-year-old being utterly torn apart. Missing your family and being absolutely petrified that you would never see them again. Then, returning to London, to a life of sleepless nights in the air raid shelter – would it be enough protection from the relentless bombings? Would you see the sunrise in the morning, to see the sights of blown out houses down the street? A life of strict rationing and wondering if German invasion was imminent – would England ever be the same again?  For Sheila Nelson, this was the harsh reality of life from 1939-1945.

Sheila was born in 1931 and she was eight years old at the outbreak of World War II. She had a long and successful career as a shorthand typist and is now living in Orpington, Greater London. She has two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. This is her first book, which she first put together in 1979 through collating personal diary entries from childhood.

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  • Julia Wilson

    A Young Girl’s War by Sheila Nelson is a powerful account of the author’s experience of living in London during World War II.
    Sheila Nelson was born in 1931 and has a vivid snapshot of memories of the war as it impacted her childhood.
    Evacuated early on to Brighton proved to be a traumatic event. Although safe from any bombs falling, being isolated from her family was awful and Sheila Nelson soon returned home. Incidentally my Dad was also evacuated early on to Llandudno and he hated it, wrote letters home daily and was popped back on a train to Birmingham after just two weeks!
    Whilst the author’s family house did not have any direct hits, her road did and therefore her house continually suffered damage such as the glass being blown out and doors being blown off hinges (coincidentally this happened to my Dad’s house too). At one time the family house was uninhabitable and Sheila Nelson’s family sofa surfed between relatives.
    Sheila Nelson has captured the destruction and fear in war as well as the ordinary events such as going to the cinema.
    The author’s age and wartime experiences seem very similar to my Dad’s tales but he grew up near Birmingham. I felt a connection to the author.
    A Young Girl’s War is a powerful read for anyone aged ten years and over. It provides a snapshot in time.
    I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

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