We Were Young and At War

Venue: Whittington Park Community Centre, Yerbury Road, N19 4RS

Date: Sunday 4 July 2010

Time: 4:30-5:30pm

Tickets: Free

Talk with the authors of 'We were Young and at War' which follows the stories of sixteen teenage boys and girls who write with disarming directness about their reactions to and experiences of a very adult war.

Their diaries and letters have been brought together for the first time to create an insightful portrayal of what it was like growing up surrounded by the horrors and struggles of World War II.

These heart-rending stories shows us life form all sides of the conflict. From a British boy writing to his American pen pal about his time in the Home Guard, a precocious French girl flirting with soldiers from both sides and a Russian teenager succumbing to hunger during the siege of Leningrad to a headstrong soldier in Hitler’s army and a bright Japanese teenager who becomes a kamikaze pilot.

All these young people were forced to grow up quickly in a war which dramatically shaped their lives.

This is their story.

Ages 12+

Check out the book's website at www.youngatwar.co.uk

'We Were Young and at War' by Sarah Wallis & Svetlana Palmer
Harper Collins Pbk June 2010

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