Letters to Hannah looks at WWII on the Home Front through
the eyes of those who lived in Hastings and South East England,
from September 1939 to December 1945. It also enlarges on
the historical background covered in its companion book, Letters
from Lavender Cottage.
Letters to Hannah visits the lives of ordinary people, who
endured extraordinary times. Among many others is the account
of a Battle lad, born in a cottage beside the famous 1066
battlefield. Aged fifteen he enlisted as a Home Guard, the
youngest member in the country at that time, a Hastings, wartime
milk delivery girl details her working and family life under
fire and a young first aid volunteer highlights the horrors
of bomb and machine gun attacks on civilians.
to Hannah is rich in anecdotes and information on food rationing
and shortages, the blackout, air raids, population evacuation and
civil defence. The book provides a moving and factual account of
wartime Hastings, the town which features in the ITV detective fiction
series, Foyles War.
I link this, my second WWII social history, with a series of autobiographical
letters to the future, describing my war-troubled childhood to my
newborn, 21st century granddaughter, Hannah. Extracts from Letters
to Hannah were included in the BBC Radio 4 history series, The Archive
Hour, in July 2003.
Letters to Hannah is available now, via this website or
from local outlets. I am grateful to all my contributors for
allowing me to recount their personal and often very moving