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By: Tony Muddimer

Childhoods Are Forever

Pages: 136 Ratings: 5.0
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This compelling book tells the story of a young boy’s progress through the second world war, whilst learning to live with his dysfunctional family and coping with the disruption of wartime Britain. It also reveals his surprising connection with Ian Fleming’s Special Forces intelligence-gathering, Royal Marine Commandos, and the origin of ‘a license to kill’.

His father was one of the first men to be selected after volunteering for ‘very hazardous service’ so the author met many of these brave men and reveals hitherto untold stories of their exploits.

It becomes clear how, through the experience of his intelligence-gathering unit, Ian Fleming knew of the dangerous missions undertaken by these courageous soldiers, fighting their way through enemy lines to obtain classified German secrets and of the many devices they used on their clandestine missions. This helped him create the character of James Bond.

The author was born before the start of the Second World War, so he experienced the whole of the conflict, including German bombing raids and severe food shortages.

He was educated in classes with large numbers of pupils because so many teachers had been called up to serve in the armed forces.

His father was one of the first members of Ian Fleming’s intelligence-gathering commandos, so the author met and talked to many of these brave soldiers.

For some months, he was evacuated to Tenby in South Wales, as his home had been requisitioned by the military.

Finally living in Leicester until the end of hostilities.

Customer Reviews
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4 reviews

    This is a short, easily read book. The writing style is good and the book is well arranged.

    It is a very personal account of one boy’s life as he grows up through the years just prior to WW2 until the war finishes. His father signed up with the Royal Marines.

    The author lived in Leicester for most of the period with a short stay in Tenby. The family was evacuated because their home was requisitioned for use as a site office during the building of an airfield. They went to Tenby because the author’s father was stationed there.

    Each chapter covers one of the years from 1936 to 1945 and tells many personal anecdotes such as holidays, as well as giving some background of the war events and tells a lot of what his father was doing.

    The stories provide an interesting memoir to life in WW2 seen through a boy’s eyes.

  • Sue Brushett

    This little book is a childhood account of the Second World War. Tony was only three when the war started but he still has memories of that time. He provides details of each year separately with his memories and tells us of his childhood exploits. He also talks of his father's time serving in 30 Assault Unit and its connections to Ian Fleming.
    I enjoyed this little book and learnt a few new things about the war. It's a nice and easy read with some surprising moments and plenty of nostalgia.
    This book is an easy read and I think anyone with an interested in the Second World War would find it interesting.

  • J.B.Epperhinck

    This Book told through the eyes of a young boy’s memoirs of growing up during the second world war, giving a detailed account of his adventures in to the city of Leicester & surrounding countryside, growing up with in a dysfunctional family life, with his Father away serving his country. The Author gives a clear, real, & very honest account of his life growing up during the difficult years of war.
    His Father’s exploits with the Special Forces, the Ian Fleming connection makes the book a very interesting and historical record of those times.
    The Book is a superb, informative, as well as a very enjoyable read.

  • Julia Wilson

    Childhoods Are Forever by Tony Muddimer is a fascinating account of the Second World War as experienced by the author. He was born in 1933, coinciding with Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany. The book covers the years 1936-1945. We hear about the author’s life and also key points that happened during the war.
    The author was brought up in Leicestershire before moving to Tenby where his father was stationed. We hear about the fear felt on 14th November 1940 as the bombers passed over Leicestershire on their way to destroying Coventry. “He [Hitler] could destroy our buildings, but he couldn’t destroy our spirit.” This perfectly encapsulates the attitude of the British people with their indomitable bulldog spirit.
    The reader hears about the coming of the Yanks – much to the delight of the children who loved the sweets, and the women who loved the stockings!
    Throughout the book, there are photos, adverts and newspaper cuttings which are good to see.
    Childhoods Are Forever is a fabulous book for historians and anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of World War II. I loved it and devoured it in just one afternoon!
    I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

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