Stories of Overseas Evacuees in World War Two
by Penny Starns
At times uplifting, but often heartbreaking, a well researched and revealing book
This book uncovers the unique experiences of the children who were sent overseas during the Second World War. Known as sea-vacs, the history of these children is often complex and controversial. Their stories are wide and varied. After weeks at sea they began a new life thousands of miles away, many not making their planned destinations. Letters home took some 12 weeks to reach their destinations and many of these children were totally cut off from their families in the UK. Most found their new way of life to be a positive one; for others it was a desolate and frightening time as they encountered homesickness, prejudice and even abuse. At times uplifting, but often heartbreaking this is a well researched and revealing book that is hard to put down. Highly recommended.