We Ain’t Got No Drink, Pa

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - THE GUIDE -

Hilda Kemp with Cathryn Kemp (Orion, £6.99) The most com­pelling sto­ries from the past con­cern not the fa­mous or the fic­tional, but or­di­nary peo­ple. This is the case with Cathryn Kemp’s new book, which re­counts the early life of her grand­mother Hilda, who grew up in 1920s Ber­mond­sey. Al­though Hilda died in 2003, Kemp has weaved her many sto­ries into a grip­ping nar­ra­tive, chart­ing her years of tor­ment at the hands of her abu­sive father. (Am­ber­ley, £15.99) This slim vol­ume show­cases some of the most fas­ci­nat­ing pho­to­graphs taken dur­ing the third full year of the Se­cond World War – the 12 months that were re­garded as the ‘turn­ing point’ of the global con­flict. Fo­cus­ing on mil­i­tary en­deav­ours rather than the Home Front, Christo­pher and McCutcheon pack in plenty of con­tex­tual de­tail – this book is per­fect for those who don’t know their B-17s from their T-34s!

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