Keeping Mum : A Wartime Childhood, Paperback Book

Keeping Mum : A Wartime Childhood Paperback

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Mum and Dad - Squibs and Bert - were a complete mystery to Brian Thompson as he grew up in Cambridge and London during the 1940s.

His mother danced with the Yanks all night and slept under a fake fur coat all day, and when his father bothered to come home he resolutely discouraged Brian in everything.

Whilst other children were evacuated out of the big cities, Brian found himself travelling into London, and spent much of the war with an eccentric crowd of ribald relations.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9781843544982



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very moving and extremely funny. Terrific on London and Londoners, immediately recognisable, and a wonderful and touching account of the beginning and end of first love. The aftermath of an air-raid (with piano) misses absolutely nothing. The lack of rancour for the dire predicament he was put in by his parents,commented on elsewhere, is truly amazing. And there's a sequel.

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