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The Great Western Beach: A Memoir of a Cornish Childhood Between the Wars Hardcover – June 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK (June 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747595917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747595915
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,367,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I've rarely come across a more gripping childhood memoir' Diana Athill 'Such a delicate mixture of understanding and condemnation, and a lot of it funny it's the sort of memoir that will be an antidote to the current misery ones - that rare thing, a "nice" book.' Margaret Forster 'How honest she is, and what a loving memoir this is of an ominous decade.' Jane Gardam 'I identified very closely with her memories, being about the same age, and having spent my childhood in very much the same circumstances. I was filled with admiration for her honesty and her total recall. I am sure the book will do very well for you.' Rosamunde Pilcher

About the Author

Emma Smith's first book, Maiden’s Trip, was published in 1948 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. Her second, The Far Cry, was published the following year and was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She is also the author of four children’s books, a number of short stories, and, in 1978, the novel The Opportunity of a Lifetime.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary s thomas on September 1, 2013
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For a memoir, this was excellent. Beautifully written. True to the historical period. An interesting glimpse into the dynamics on one family, of the effects of having been a POW during WWI, of a child's perspective.
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By chacha on March 26, 2015
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An extremely charming memoir
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