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This is a great read. Can you imagine living on a small British island and watching the Nazi war machine just a few miles away? Will they come? Will they bother? Tony paints a picture of ordinary family life in Guernsey, where the focus of everyday work is the tomato whilst, just over the water, for the Luftwaffe, the focus of everyday work is death. For Guernsey folk, the ordinary soon becomes the extraordinary. As Tony says, what would you have done for your family? I'm glad that he was able to record tales of those times for posterity. Lest we forget!
Interesting story, as it helps to understand the confusion in Guernsey during June 1940, culminating in the occupation of the island by German forces on the 30th June 1940. I wont say too much on the background, just read it!!
Great book about our beautiful Island of Guernsey during the war, of love and an amazing family...loved it loads. I’m not really a book reader and once I'd picked this up I couldn't put it down...it made me smile and cry just loved it...Thank you xx
A lovely human story - could really feel the atmosphere. My only criticism would be the actual writing, certain little errors but this may have been the transfer to Kindle
Really enjoyed this read ! I was walking around with them!
This book is so interesting ,and conveys the heartache that Guernsey families had having to send their children to safety as war was approaching the Islands . The book records one family also the German Pilot in charge of the bombing squad fascinating to read . I was born on Guernsey near the end of the occupation and this story enforces tales about those terrible days , and my partners relative was the man on the lifeboat ,and my son in laws grandfather was killed when they bombed the lorries !! Well done to Tony Brassell ,well written informative and will bring back many memories to those that stayed or were evacuated . Hope many people will also enjoy your book .
Great book. I live in Guernsey and my parents were here in the war so its good to read. I love the 3 aspects throughout the book with different characters.
I really enjoyed this book, so many memories of growing up post- war in beautiful Guernsey. My parents were separated by the occupation of the island, so the story is an emotional one for me. Very well researched.
This book is an excellent read that I would recommend to everyone. It follows 3 different views of the 10 days before the occupation. Having visited the beautiful island a number of times I know that the Germans left their mark not just on the landscape but with the folk who lived through it. The history of the events has now been transcribed in this excellent book.
I have just finished reading your book - " Ten days one Guernsey Summer". You do not know me and I do not know you; congratulations on a story well told of desperate time's, when your family's World stood on the edge of the abyss - I was deeply touched.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I lived every moment through it! Albeit, through my grandparents that were there at this time, also as a teenager my father!
I am a serious World War II history buff, and this past summer I spent a week on Guernsey to experience what remains of the five-year German occupation of this island first-hand. It is a fascinating time capsule, and Tony Brassell's book was an invaluable introduction to these events and their human consequences. Based loosely on the experiences of his own grandmother and grandfather, Brassell's book provides the best account that I have seen of the harrowing choice that had to be made by Guernsey residents between evacuation to England (before the Germans invaded) and toughing out the inevitable occupation. Brassell tells a compelling story with vivid detail and unique insight. His book is a significant contribution to World War II historical fiction and to our understanding of the unique experiences of the Channel Islands, the only pieces of British territory to be occupied by Germany.
I’ve just finished reading this on my Kindle it’s a great read- I couldn’t put it down, it made me appreciate what Guernsey was like in the war years. Waiting I read more! Congratulations Tony!