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Joy Lennick Eric

As you know, on the 3rd of September, 1939, war was declared. Eric has hand-written his autobiography 'A LIFE WORTH LIVING' and I've typed and tweaked it for him. It will, hopefully, be published shortly. Hereunder is an excerpt:-

"The first day of September is carved deep in my memory, and is one that most others around then would not easily forget. All the occupants of our school, including my two sisters and I, were transported to Liverpool Street station, along with a lot of weeping Mums. We were hustled onto a train, and before long, were chugging through the green and pleasant Essex countryside and then into Suffolk. We were soon to discover that we had arrived in the town of Bury St.Edmunds ('If he's dead...' was added at a later date...) "

Assembled in a place called 'The Buttermarket,' it closely resembled a human cattle market that day

"My sister Kitty spoke up. 'Please, can we three stay together?' We had our wish but were collected by a woman remarkably like the witch in 'The Wizard of Oz, 'accompanied by her daughter, equally lacking in the looks department: a real 'chip off the old block,' poor woman. We three followed them to the place they called home. I half expected to see bats hanging from the ceiling and a cauldron in the fireplace, it was such a gloomy house! After a fitful night's sleep, we were called downstairs and given something resembling thin gruel - which we just about managed to dispose of. 'Oliver' came easily to mind."

"Sunday morning, 3rd September, arrived, and with it the terrible news that war had been declared..."..(having been let out, much like the cat) we were out and about and heard the infamous words drifting through several windows: 'WE ARE NOW AT WAR WITH GERMANY.'

'Everywhere there was a sea of anxious faces. It certainly hit home then."

Meet The Author...
Joy Lennick
Who Am I?

Most important 'jobs:' wife and mother to three sons. Hooked on reading and writing from a young age (wrote a simple play in junior school: acted on the stage). Joined the library at seven and that was it; the love affair continues...

First worked as a junior secretary, then secretary. Favourite job: A publishing company, Kaye & Ward in the City of London.

Apart from the odd poem, letter and article in magazines, and one poem read on Bournemouth radio, had various poems published in anthologies and won a few prizes. Ran my own Poetry Club for a while. Published: Celtic Cameos & Other Poems.

Factual books published: Running Your Own Small Hotel, & Jobs in Baking & Confectionery (Kogan Page Ltd., London), Updated two other author's books. As Biographer:Hurricane Halsey (True adventure), Memoir: My Gentle War; Faction novel: The Catalyst. Several short stories published in WordPlay anthologies (one winning lst prize through 'Writing' magazine as the best writing circle anthology of 2012 in the UK). A Group Leader for Creative Writing for the U3A group in Torrevieja, Spain.
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