Author(s): David Merron
At the start of World War 2, when Hitler's bombs threatened to rain down hell, eight-year-old David Merron was taken from the heart of his close-knit Jewish community in London's East End and evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. Transplanted into an alien world, adrift from his nurturing family and at the mercy of strangers, life was frightening and lonely. The strangeness of this new existence - its religious and cultural shifts - left David confused and questioning not only his faith but his very sense of self. But, with time, David realised that the rural world was also beautiful. Far from the cramped and often poverty-stricken East End, the countryside was wild and wonderful - an adventure playground in which a curious lad was free to flourish. Immersed in the ebb and flow of country life, David harboured a secret. Increasingly, he didn't want to return to the dirty streets of the East End. Sometimes, he didn't want the war to end. David's moving memoir is about a small boy's burgeoning love of the countryside and the confusion he felt about missing - and yet not missing - home. Set against a wartime backdrop of flaming skies and pluming black smoke, it is a celebration of the wonder and tranquility of the natural world that changed the shape of David's life.
A powerful memoir of a young boy's evacuation from the East End of London during World War 2.
Born in London's East End, David Merron was evacuated as a wartime child to the countryside. After Grammar School he served two years of National Service. On demobilisation, he moved to a kibbutz in Israel, where he stayed for fifteen years, serving periods as general secretary, farm manager and building supervisor. During this time, he began writing short stories and anecdotal accounts of kibbutz life. Returning to England in the 1970s, he continued writing, mainly short stories and articles for magazines, and self published his kibbutz stories as Collectively Yours. Having participated in writing courses and in several writers' groups, he also self published two novels and a short story collection. He holds a Masters' degree from UCL and lives in North London.