So Much More Than Just Beautiful
Dutch Girl Audrey
Hepburn And World War II by Robert Matzen is a comprehensive account of Audrey Hepburn’s teenage
years in the Netherlands during WWII. It also touches on her life up until her
death in 1993 aged just 63 years from abdominal cancer – a cruel end for a
beautiful lady who gave so much.
Audrey Hepburn was ‘emotionally wounded’ by
WWII saying, “It was worse than you could ever imagine.” Consequently her whole
life was lived in its shadow. She involved herself in UNICEF and the plight of
suffering children due to her experiences in the war.
Not only did the war years shape Audrey Hepburn
but her love of dancing did. “I wanted to be Margot Fonteyn.” Audrey Hepburn
gave concerts to raise money for the resistance. Following the war she ‘stumbled
The Comings And Goings Of Reverend Bertram Moorehouse by John Umfreville is a historical book about a family in a small town in the late nineteenth century.
The style is reminiscent of other books I have
read about the English countryside written in the 1930’s. The book has an olde
worlde charm to it and as you read, you are never quite sure if this is fact or
fiction. There was something very soothing about the narrative as the reader ‘experienced’
life in a small town in Victorian Britain.
The temperance movement was large at the time.
Any alcohol imbibed was seen as scandalous, especially if it was by a man of
the cloth, whether it was intentional or not.
The small town was a hotbed for gossip.
Appearances were important. Tragedy strikes rather than have scandal erupt.
Never Give Up
The First Breath by Olivia Gordon is a powerful book exploring the
area of fetal medicine and care for the babies in the neo natal unit. As well
as examining various disabilities and the procedures and care involved. It is a
heart wrenching book. The bravery of the parents is astounding. The skills of
the medical professionals immense. The fight in the babies enormous.
Olivia Gordon had a premature
son, Joel in 2011. He has had his fair share of health problems to overcome. It
is Joel who prompted Olivia Gordon to look into and explore the world of fetal
The whole book is fascinating.
The medical advances in my lifetime are huge. I take my hat off to the health
professionals with their skills and knowledge.
The book includes not only Olivia
Gordon’s experiences but also the personal stories of others. At the end of the
book, we catch up with the children to learn how they are now doing.
An Encounter With History
The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es is a remarkable true
story of Lien, a Jewish girl who was eight years old in 1942 when she went into
hiding in the Netherlands. Her life intersected with the author’s as she lived
with his grandparents for part of the war.
This book is a tribute to all the innocents who
perished. The author lists all the family members of Lien’s who perished during
the Holocaust. It makes for grim reading. May we never forget.
The reader ‘experiences’ life through the eyes
of an eight year old. These memories are then put into historical context
through extensive research by Bart Van Es. We then have a comprehensive