I'm as pleased as punch with one book in particular this week.
A blog commenter in the US suggested I might be interested in The Tiger in the Attic by Edith Milton and perhaps might try requesting a copy from the publisher as the book seems to have sunk without trace here in the UK. Perhaps it was reviewed but it certainly passed me by.
I was bold as is my wont,did just that and was delighted that the University of Chicago Press very kindly sent me a copy.
A quick diversion here, it arrived in a package from the US that had clearly been deliberately opened somewhere along the line and not taped up again, so I was relieved to find the book still safely inside. Obviously not a book loving thief then.
This book is sub-titled Memories of the Kindertransport and Growing Up English and Edith Milton tells how she and her sister Ruth left Germany in 1939 on the eve of Hitler's invasion of Poland.They came on the Kindertransport along with 10,000 other Jewish children who sought refuge in England.
Edith and Ruth then lived with an upper class British foster family for the next seven years.
I'm looking forward to reading it because it would seem this is no misery memoir.Edith and Ruth landed on their feet and Edith tells a "hopeful story about the kindness and generosity of strangers" as they grew up as outsiders in a foreign country.
I seem to have quite a collection of books on and about this subject.I'm drawn to anything that offers a child's eye view of history, though inevitably many on this subject make harrowing reading.
Hitler's Children by Guido Knopp
Into the Arms of Strangers by Mark Harris & Deborah Oppenheimer
Out of Harm's Way by Jessica Mann, the crime writer and sister of Nicola Beauman of Persephone books, who tells how at the age of two she and her four year old brother, children of exiled German parents, were then sent to further safety in the USA.
No Time to Wave Goodbye by Ben Wicks
and finally Witnesses of War by Nicholas Stargardt which I haven't even been able to open.