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Cast No Stones [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Machell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A top ten listed, New York Times bestselling memoir: Cast No Stones is the extraordinary true story of a lonely U.S. soldier, an impoverished English rose from a slum in northern England, and the damaging impact their romance was to have on Kevin, their confused son.

Dashing American GI, Harry met young English girl, Laura in 1942 while stationed in Britain during WWII. There followed a lengthy and passionate affair resulting in Laura giving birth to a son while Harry’s unit were preparing to land on the notorious Omaha Beach.

Machell recounts the often sad, sometimes hilarious experiences of a “GI boy” growing up in a post-war British slum. He details his search for his long-lost father, their emotional first meeting in America and the dramatic twist that left Kevin and all around him bemused. PLEASE NOTE: Any review references to 'typos' were the result of the original use of UK English spellings and don't apply to this, the U.S. English Edition.

"Each chapter seemed better than the chapter before. It was a book you’ll have trouble putting down." ERVS Book Reviews.

Republished in 2013 as a U.S. English Edition.
Published By The Electronic Book Company

Product Details

  • File Size: 1312 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: The Electronic Book Company (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story but needs editing October 20, 2012
By Emily
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While this book has good bones and I was fascinated with the part of living in England during and after WWII, the story tended to ramble on and was very repetitive. The book would benefit from a good editing to tighten up the story and fix the grammar and spelling errors.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Harding September 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this an excellent read. I could not put it down once I had started.

From the start of the book I felt different emotions, sadness, some laughter, tears and anger. This book really did make me think and analyse the situation. Times were different and people's opinions and the way they treated others were different in the post war years.

In summing up, I felt that this was a three way story. Kevin's parents started it and they finished it and Kevin gave them that opportunity with his sheer determination and steadfastness to find out the truth about his father and at long last be able to slot everything into place for himself.

I would thoroughly recommend this book and would love to see a film made from this unbelievable story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book September 20, 2012
By Paul
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a very good book, a heart felt and unique insight into the slums of post war Salford and the determination of one individual to find his American father, leading to a totally unexpected scheme of events and finale. A very unique story.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars cast no stones December 5, 2012
By chirp0
Format:Kindle Edition
interesting story. remarkable kevin grew up to be forgiving and successful. the book is in bad need of editing. clean up the spelling errors and repetition
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a look atpost-war times in England. December 12, 2012
By nynanc
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This is a true story of the life of the author who was born to a young English girl trying to make a life for herself and her children. His father was an American soldier who left after the war and had minimal contact with the mother after returning to the US. The book goes through the life of the young Kevin who was often chastised for his situation. His mother tried to do the best she could, but Kevin was often ignored. His mother never explained to him about his father and refused to answer his questions. Eventually, Kevin makes contact with his father, and the response of everyone involved is interesting.

Most of the time this book was interesting, but following some of his experiences became tedious. It is surprising that Kevin ended up to have a normal and happy marriage and adulthood. His story is interesting, and you can't help from feeling involved and feeling the emotions created by the experiences of this young child, and of the adults later on when contact was made with his father. It was also an interesting look about the life of many of the English people after World War 11. I highly suggest reading this book if this kind of story appeals to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A child of World War II December 4, 2013
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A worthwhile read. Written in the narrative, Mr. Machell takes us on the journey of his life. His life definitely had many unusual twists &

turns keeping the reader hoping for the best, irritated with people who should have done a better job of caring for him, & rooting

for a happy ending. He was thoughtful, without being maudlin,describing the happenings as an observer. I liked that he thought

of others & their feelings, not just bullying his way to get the answers he deserved to have. And at the end, still had some really

good observations to share. It is a keeper in my library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, Heartwarming Tale October 13, 2013
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The writer was the product of a serious affair between a US soldier during WWII and a British woman who was separated from an abusive husband. The couple considered marriage at the time, but for sound reasons, they did not. The mother chose not to tell her son who his real father was, he learned little by little over the years, mostly from others. Finally while in his 40s, his mother opened up a bit, and son started hunting for is biological father.

I was surprised how well I like the book. Congratulations to the author on his first book.

Some reviewers have complained about the number of misspellings, I did not notice many. Perhaps the Kindle version has been cleaned up. At one point, I got confused when he switched from the first person being himself to the first person being his mother.

So long as a young person can deal with the concept of birth outside of wedlock and the trials and tribulations of life for the poor in post-wartime England, the should be fine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting March 29, 2013
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This is by a British author and it covers his life as an illegitmate child of a WWII service man.

People who would enjoy the book would be WWII buffs.
People interested in how your childhood affects your adult life.
People who enjoy reading a book that has some closure and a feel good ending (sort of).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad starts make you stronger
Story of a young boy conceived during the war, to a cold neglectful mother, never
knowing his father until later in his life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SUSAN M. CALLAHAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
A book I couldn't put down! I loved it!
I kept reading to find out more! A truly amazing story!
Published 3 months ago by Nely Djahani-Ourkhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth and pain
Brought tears to my eyes . What a strong and determined person. A must read. One of the best books that deals with the silence of truth. Read for yourself to understand. Read more
Published 3 months ago by maryland
5.0 out of 5 stars book review.
I enjoyed the story and learned about the back story of the war (WWII) The children who were left behind by American soldiers and what the women faced. Read more
Published 4 months ago by missyN
4.0 out of 5 stars Depressing
I felt depressed by the end of this memoir. The author had a very sad childhood and a self centered mother for the most part. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars A very heartwarming story
When I first started reading I put it down for a few days. But as I read it was truly a heartbreaking and heartwarming story. To have everyone never tell you who your father was. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sally p # 3
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit longwinded
The story was interesting, but it basically told by someone growing up in hard times. Not much of a literary style.
Published 5 months ago by irish eyes
3.0 out of 5 stars cast no stones
The story was a good catharsis for the author......with some social history for the rest of us. Needs a little polish.
Published 5 months ago by C. Shinn
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend this book.
Truly enjoyed this book. It kept my attention the entire way through. I had always wondered about the fate of the kids in the UK who were "left behind" so to speak, after... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
Nice story--heartfelt and truthful. Very touching. Probably the story of many war babies but very good to read about this man's experiences.
Published 6 months ago by LesleyG
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More About the Author

Biographical note - Kevin Machell

Machell was born and grew up among the many slums and terraced streets of immediate post war Salford in industrial Lancashire. He failed the 11 plus exam and attended a secondary modern school leaving with only a certificate of academic competence. The prevailing educational system denied him the opportunity of sitting any GCE examinations.
He began work as a Laboratory Assistant and attended colleges of further education on a day release basis where he gained 4 GCE O levels. In his early twenties he started working in the chemical producing industry and spent the rest of his working life at the same company. Beginning as a chemical plant operator he quickly progressed up the career ladder through quality control and ultimately to a senior position of Shift Production Manager, a position he held for over twenty years.
At the age of fifty, at the behest of and completely sponsored by his company, Machell enrolled at Salford University and over the next three years was to gain two post graduate degrees in management study and application. He was appointed to the Magistracy in 2000 and continues to dispense justice in the Manchester and Salford Magistrates Courts.
Throughout his life he has always been very actively involved in supporting and helping his local community. He has been involved in fund raising for his local schools and churches and is a voluntary helper at his local Hospice. He took early retirement from business at the age of fifty eight after thirty eight years with the company. Concentrating now on combining his Magisterial duties with his favourite pastimes of cruising the world`s oceans and his love of genealogy, he has written his first book.
Typically of Machell, he has chosen to write about something he is an absolute authority on, the very unique and complicated story of his own background and complex relationship with his errant parents. He has never been one to pull his punches, he is not afraid to tell a story as it really is - warts and all. He has a well earned reputation of being an extremely good presenter and story teller.

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