Slideshow: Memories of a Wartime Childhood – Marjorie-Ann Watts


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Written from a child’s point-of-view over a period of twenty years, acclaimed artist and writer Marjorie-Ann Watts describes a now vanished Hampstead as it was when still almost a village, lived in by a kaleidoscopic mix of inhabitants. The book describes the sealed-off, cocooned world of a middle-class nursery with nanny and parents upstairs, anxious about looming war. Then the war itself which changed everybody’s lives, bringing tragedy to many, opportunity for some, ingenuity and the will to somehow manage and survive in women.