Dame Vera Lynn’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy for just £4 at WHSmith stores

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BORN Vera Welch on March 20, 1917 in London’s East End, Dame Vera Lynn’s ca­reer was set from an early age – along with her father, who also did a “turn” she sang in work­ing men’s clubs from the age of just seven. Vera had a suc­cess­ful ra­dio ca­reer with Joe Loss and Char­lie Kunz in the 20s and 30s but it was dur­ing the Sec­ond World War that she cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the pub­lic.

Her spirit, along with her abil­ity to connect with the men fight­ing for their coun­try and those left be­hind pray­ing for their loved ones, made Vera the “Forces’ Sweet­heart”.

Per­form­ing the songs that she will al­ways be as­so­ci­ated with, such as We’ll Meet Again and Yours, Vera toured Egypt, In­dia and Burma to en­ter­tain the troops and bring them a sense of “back home”.

Her ca­reer flour­ished af­ter the war, with hits in the US and the UK but Vera was never able to leave be­hind her wartime role. Still heav­ily in­volved with vet­eran and other char­i­ties, this is Dame Vera’s story – a vivid por­trait of Bri­tain at war and one wo­man who came to sym­bol­ise a na­tion. Take a copy of Some Sunny Day and the coupon to the till of any WHSmith high street store to claim your copy for just £4. See coupon for full terms and con­di­tions.

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