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When We Were Young


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Beautifully produced with fifty original illustrations by the much loved children's author/illustrator and the compiler of The Time of Your LifeA royalty on each copy sold will be donated to UNICEF The Time of Your Life has sold over 14,000 in paperback so far

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John Burningham, two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, is the celebrated author and illustrator of many much-loved books for children, including Avocado Baby, Borka, Mr Gumpy's Outing, Trubloff, Granpa and Cloudland. His most recent book for adults is the acclaimed, wry and witty illustrated compendium on ageing, The Time of Your Life.


This delightful collection, compiled by children's author and illustrator Burningham (Avocado Baby), presents the childhood memories of contributors both well known and obscure. Kofi Annan recalls learning to focus on the positive from his school days in Ghana, C.S. Lewis tells his childhood nightmares, and Winston Churchill reminisces about his first day at boarding school. But most touching are the accounts from World War II. When Tom Maschler heard a loud knock at the door while a child in Berlin, he knew that Nazi soldiers had come for his father. Sylvia Syms remembers that as soon as war was declared, she was sent with her brother and sister from her parents in London, a dislocation that caused her problems into adulthood. These sometimes witty, sometimes poignant selections reinforce the importance of childhood and the durability of those early memories. They also serve as a reminder of the impact of war on the young. Photographs are dispersed throughout, as are a number of Burningham's own clever illustrations. Particularly fitting is the donation of all royalties to UNICEF. Enthusiastically recommended for all large public libraries.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'Thankfully, this collection of new and classic childhood memoirs steers well clear of sentimental mythology. Instead, we have some refreshingly dark memories of the wonder years ... other highlights come from such diverse sources as Kofi Annan and Michael Palin. The tales are entertaining in themselves but their real value is how they elucidate the adults the children grew into' Glasgow Herald 'A magical and moving selection ... will make you laugh and cry' Family Circle 'It's a good project and I wish you all the best with it' Seamus Heaney 'Immensely worthwhile ... an impressive selection of contemporary writers ... Burningham's anthology left me altered and thoughtful' Julie Myerson, Daily Telegraph

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