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Around the Village Green

The Heart-Warming Memoir of a World War II Childhood

By Dot May Dunn

  • Paperback
  • £6.99

The heart-warming tale of a wartime childhood.

The heart-warming tale of a wartime childhood.

It's 1939 and little Dot May Dun is playing with her brothers in the quiet lanes of their Derbyshire village. The grown-ups' talk of war means very little to Dot but things are starting to change in the village, for good.

When a prisoner of war camp is built close to Dot's village, and a Yankee base is stationed nearby, Dot makes friends with the most unlikely of soldiers. But her friendships are threatened when telegrams start to arrive in the village and the real impact of war bears heavily on this close-knit mining community.

From little lives spring great tales. Dot's childhood memoir shares the universals of innocence, love, loss and friendships. THE VILLAGE will move and entertain in equal measures.

Biographical Notes

Dot May Dunn was born in Derbyshire, the daughter of a miner. In 1951 she joined the newly established NHS as a pre-nursing student at Leicester Royal Infirmary, eventually becoming a Research Fellow at St Bartholomew's London and the London Hospital Medical College. She has four nursing qualifications and 50 years on the 'coal face' behind her. She divides her time between England and France.

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  • ISBN: 9781409148098
  • Publication date: 03 Jul 2014
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Orion
Around the Village Green is a heart-warming account of author and miner's daughter Dot May Dunn's childhood in a small village in Derbyshire throughout the Second World War. There are plenty of funny moments... A must-read for anyone who fancies a nostalgic trip down memory lane to those more innocent times. — Hannah Mears, HISTORY OF WAR MAGAZINE
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