5 March 2015

The First Book I Ever Loved

A little evening post about one of my childhood favourites to celebrate World Book Day.

Evacuated from London to Wales during World War II, Carrie and her brother are sent to live with the very strict Mr Evans. In trying to heal the breach between Mr Evans and his estranged sister, Carrie does the worst thing she ever did in her life.

I have always been a bookworm and I have so many favourite reads from my childhood, but Carrie's War by Nina Bawden is the first one I remember re-reading over and over again. It tells the story of Carrie and her little brother Nick who are evacuated during World War II to live with grumpy Mr Evans and his sister. When I was younger, I was fascinated by wartime history and the idea of being evacuated to live in the countryside, and I think that's why this story really captured my imagination.

The story is told from the point of view of Carrie as an adult, who is revisiting the Welsh valley that was her home during the war with her two children to reminisce about her adventure and the friends she made. Carrie has grown up believing that she caused a terrible thing to happen there when she was an evacuee. You have to wait until the end to find out what the secret is, but on the way you get to know so many interesting characters like Hepzibah Green and Mrs Gotobed who give the whole story a kind of whimsical feel with their strange names. I haven't picked it up for years but I can still clearly remember the characters and the plot, and always remember it being a firm favourite. It's such a lovely read that can be enjoyed by all ages, and I think it has something for everyone: it's equal parts history, adventure, and mystery. I'll definitely be passing this one on to my children in the future!

1 comment

  1. Oh I loved this book! I still often think about Mrs Gotobed and her dress with ostrich feathers :)

    Megan x
    London Callings


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