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Title
White City
Author
Donald James Wheal
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Arrow Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20080403

On the morning of 24th February 1944 following a devastating Luftwaffe raid, Donald Wheal and his family were homeless refugees with bulging suitcases and faces blackened by soot blast. In World's End, the first part of his bestselling childhood autobiography, he told of his upbringing during the Blitz in the rough working class community which was Chelsea's World's End. The morning after the World's End bombing he realized that the ties that had bound him to the past were now broken -- a new world and a new fate awaited him.

In White City he tells the story of how his family, now menaced by the V-bombs and rockets that were the last stage of London's war, were re-settled in a anonymous London suburb where later his adolescence was to began amidst post war privation, sexual yearning and first love. In these dark years the quest for new experiences took him all around Britain and finally to war-ravaged France. A testing period of National Service in Germany and Italy completed his journey to adulthood.

White City is as funny, heartbreaking and engaging as World's End

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Donald James is the author of the bestselling novels Monstrum, The Fortune Teller and The Fall of the Russian Empire and also the Penguin Dictionary of the Third Reich.

A thoroughly enjoyable read, full of anecdotes and information that bring the characters and the times to life. White City shows a refreshing pace and an awareness of the reader in its use of humour and understatement. Most of all, one gains a strong sense of Donald Wheal as a remarkable man. [He] allows the reader to share a world that is unthinkable today. This is truly a book to enjoy, but also to learn from.
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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain.|Great Britain - Social conditions - 20th century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
389

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