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The Resource As green as grass : growing up before, during and after the Second World War, Emma Smith

As green as grass : growing up before, during and after the Second World War, Emma Smith

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As green as grass : growing up before, during and after the Second World War
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As green as grass
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growing up before, during and after the Second World War
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Emma Smith
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eng
Summary
Uprooted from her beloved Great Western Beach, Emma Smith (born Elspeth Hallsmith) moves with her family from Newquary to the Devonshire village of Crapstone. But the dust has hardly settled when tragedy strikes, and Emma's father, a DSO-decorated hero of the Great War, is so frustrated by the hardship of life as a lowly bank clerk and his thwarted artistic ambitions that he suffers a catastrophic breakdown -- from which disaster Emma's resourceful mother rallies courageously. Then, in 1939, war again becomes a reality. Emma's older sister Pam at once enlists with the WAAF, and Jim, her politically minded brother, after initially declaring himself a pacifist, joins the RAF to train as a bomber pilot. But what should Emma, aged only sixteen, do? Secretarial college equips her for a job with MI5, but it's dull work in a stuffy hut. Emma yearns for fresh air and joins the crew of a canal boat carrying much-needed cargoes on Britain's waterways. Hard manual labour is a recipe for social freedom! The war over, Emma travels to India with a documentary film company, lives in Chelsea, falls in love in France and spends time in Paris where she sets about mending a broken heart by writing her second novel. Sitting beside the Seine during a heatwave with her typewriter on her knees, she is unwittingly snapped by legendary photographer Robert Doisneau. The zest, thirst for life and buoyant spirits of Emma, as she recalls in brilliant evocative detail the qualities of England in the thirties and forties, give As Green as Grass the feel of a ready-made classic. Endlessly engaging, it tells the story of wonderfuly normal and yet completely unusual young woman determined, against a backdrop of enormous social change, to be a writer, come what may
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"After waving goodbye to the rocks, cliffs and sands of the north Cornish coast, Emma Smith (born Elspeth Hallsmith) and her family are uprooted to the Devonshire village of Crapstone, on the outskirts of Dartmoor. Emma's father, a decorated hero of the First World War, has suffered a terrible breakdown and - in between weekly visits to the hospital and sibling rivalries with her very pretty elder sister Pam - Emma has to get used to a very new kind of family life. When the Second World War breaks out in1939, Emma is training as a secretary. The gas masks they are issued with make people wearing them look inhuman, like creatures in a nightmare. Her budding philosopher brother, Jim, joins up with the RAF and rebellious Pam enlists with the women's branch. Unable to believe she is making any difference to the war effort - and still trying to understand why German fascism has its own name, Nazism - Emma chooses instead to work on the canal boats, where she must learn to deal with hard manual labour, a sinking boat and buckets instead of toilets. When the war finally ends Emma's newfound adventurous spirit takes her all over the world: to literary London where she meets Laurie Lee and begins to forge her own writing career; to India to film a love story during the Darjeeling tea harvest; to the coast of France to work in a boarding house where she falls helplessly in love with a boy; and to Paris where she is photographed by Robert Doisneau and sees a then-unknown Edith Piaf on stage. Relating her experiences before, during and after the Second World War, As Green as Grass is a remarkable coming-of-age memoir. Endlessly engaging and capturing English life in all its charm, it tells the story of an unusual young woman maturing against a backdrop of enormous social change and a life shaped by fortuitous opportunity"--Amazon.com, viewed September 30, 2013
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10221159
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BT
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1923-
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Smith, Emma
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B
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Smith, Emma
  • Smith, Emma
  • Smith, Emma
  • Great Britain
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adult
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growing up before, during and after the Second World War
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As green as grass : growing up before, during and after the Second World War, Emma Smith
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volume
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still image
Control code
000051834657
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
307 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781408835616
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Label
As green as grass : growing up before, during and after the Second World War, Emma Smith
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
still image
Control code
000051834657
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
307 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781408835616
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits

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