Under the Apple Tree

Under the Apple Tree

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Life is anxious for the Taylor family, as it is for everyone in Portsmouth during the early days of 1941. The worst happens on January 10th, when the Luftwaffe unleashes its full fury on the city in the first of three major blitzes. The Taylors are bombed out, Judy finds her local government job relocated from the gutted Guildhall to a hotel in Southsea, and home is now a small terraced house in April Grove, with one less bedroom and no bathroom or inside lavatory. To add to their troubles, Judy's sailor fiance is killed. Judy is befriended by the Lady Mayoress who invites her to join her team of WVS workers. Her young, recently widowed aunt Polly, determined to turn her own grief to good account, decides to become a volunteer and together they work on the various projects of the WVS - running canteens, accompanying evacuee children to their destinations, helping the families of servicemen, feeding and clothing the homeless, organising scrap collections and so on - often in the face of danger from air raids, flying bombs and V2 rockets.
Gradually, Judy and Polly find their own grief healing as they take part not only in their war work but in the life of April Grove, and although both are at first convinced they will never know love again, they each find it in the least likely manner.
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  • CD-Audio
  • 126 x 143 x 25mm | 205g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • 075286811X
  • 9780752868110

About Lilian Harry

Lilian Harry grew up in Portsmouth and now lives in a village on the edge of Dartmoor with two ginger cats. She has a son, a daughter and two grandchildren, and is a keen walker. Honeysuckle Weeks comes from West Sussex and is so named because the scent of honeysuckle was very strong at the time she was born (August 1979). She first came to public attention as the juvenile lead in the 1993 TV adaptation of Anne Fine's Goggle Eyes. More recent roles have included appearances in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Casualty, Lorna Doone and Midsomer Murders. She is now best known as the co-star of the BAFTA-award winning Foyle's War, ITV1's immensely popular wartime drama. As driver Samantha Stewart, she provides (to quote one critic) an apple-cheeked and bushy-tailed contrast to Michael Kitchen's middle aged, introspective detective. Her stage work includes Love's Labours Lost at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
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5 47% (39)
4 30% (25)
3 14% (12)
2 8% (7)
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