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SIDMOUTH: Vivid picture of wartime life

Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Local author Philip Algar’s latest novel, ‘Stumbling Through A Wartime Childhood,’ paints a vivid picture of day-to-day life during the 40s and 50s. The book describes the social, economic and political context in which adults and children survived, and is set in Torquay and London. It is part autobiography and part fiction, blending humour with the fears of a little boy challenged by the reality of war. Conversations between adults about the conflict and its impact puts the tale into a bigger context. The story tells how they try to shield him from wartime reality, find Christmas presents, queue for scarce food and cope without domestic appliances. West Hill-based Mr Algar also wrote ‘Goodbye Old Chap,’ ‘A Life At Sea In Peace And War’ - a biography of his father, a captain of an oil tanker, who was captured by the Germans in the war. Mr Algar has made more than 70 presentations on the book and discussed it on radio. In addition, two of his earlier books (‘It's Just Not Village Cricket’ and ‘It's Just Not Village Politics’) tell the story of a peaceful village confronted by corrupt local councillors and a development company, determined to build unwanted and expensive houses which would ruin the village.

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