Keep Smiling Through: My Wartime Story

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ISBN: 9781787460119 Author: Lynn, Dame Vera Publisher: Cornerstone Publication Date: 15th March 2018 Imprint: Arrow Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 940.542591092 (edition:23) Pages: 286 , 16 unnumbered of plates Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , ,

‘I was just 27 years old when I went to Burma. It was an experience that changed my life forever. Up until that time I had not really travelled anywhere at all, apart from one touring visit to Holland with a band I was singing with before the war, and I had certainly never been in an aeroplane. But I wanted to make a difference, to do my bit.’ And she did. Written with her daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, this is a powerful and life-affirming account of the time Dame Vera Lynn spent with troops in wartime Burma. Based in part on a diary she kept, this book shows how her presence helped the soldiers, airmen and others who heard her sing.

In the year of her 100th birthday, Dame Vera Lynn’s fascinating and life-affirming wartime memoir from the forces’ sweetheart’s of her adventures entertaining the troops in far-flung Burma.

‘I was just twenty-seven years old when I went to Burma. It was an experience that changed my life for ever. Up until that time I had not really travelled anywhere at all, apart from one touring visit to Holland with a band I was singing with before the war, and I had certainly never been in an aeroplane. But I wanted to make a difference, to do my bit.’

And she did.

Written with her daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones this is a powerful and life-affirming account of the time she spent with troops in wartime Burma. Based, in part on a diary she kept, alongside unpublished personal letters and photographs from surviving veterans and their families, it explores why it was such a life-defining event for her and shows how her presence helped the soldiers, airmen and others who heard her sing.

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