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The Girls They Left Behind

Lilian Harry

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Sagas

The second novel in the April Grove series, following the lives of working class families during the Second World War

Following on from the successful Goodbye Sweetheart,comes Lilian Harry's second novel about working class family life during World War II. Set once again in Portsmouth,this warm and touching saga centres on the Budd family,and is very largely based on the author's own parents.Lilian Harry captures the mood and colour of a great seaport at war with the accuracy of one who livedthrough those times.The horror of the air raid sirens sounding at night;the naval dockyards buzzing with activity;the overwhelming desire to survive,and the pervading determination to live life as if there was no tomorrow,Such powerful images provide the backdrop to tales of loyalty,heroism,heartache and love during the city's darkest-and finest hour.

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Lilian Harry

Lilian Harry grew up in Gosport, on the shores of Portsmouth Harbour, and now lives on the edge of Dartmoor with two miniature schnauzers who allow her just enough room on the sofa. She is a keen bellringer and walker, and enjoys taking part in village life. Her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby.

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