To War with the Walkers
'An extraordinary, compelling picture of a family entwined in the Second World War. Weaving the lives of brothers, sisters, wives, husbands and lovers seamlessly and with vivid clarity, its scope is epic, the sweep majestic, the story at turns funny, sad, redemptive and tragic. Fabulous.' - James Holland
'We were one of those lucky families. Six of us and we all survived the war. And yet one knew of other families who lost all of their children.' Ruth Walker
This is the story of the Walkers, six siblings (including the author's grandfather) who survived Blitz, battle and internment and lived to tell the tale. This ordinary family's extraordinary experiences combine to tell a new social history of World War Two.
Harold was a trainee surgeon who spent a week in a coma after St Thomas's Hospital was bombed in the Blitz, burying him under the rubble. Glamorous Bee married an American airman and was widowed just weeks before the end of the war. Peter suffered terrible torture as a Japanese POW. Edward fought with 1 Jaipur Infantry against the Germans in Italy. Ruth worked on a plastic surgery ward, helping to construct skin grafts on severely burned servicemen. And Walter fought with the 8th Gurkhas against the Japanese in Burma.
Together, the stories of these ordinary yet extraordinary siblings tell the story of WW2 from the home front to Italy, Burma, Malaya and Thailand.