Ice Cream, Gasmasks, and God : A Memoir of World War II and Postwar Britain
A Presentation by Joyce Lovely reviewing her life during World War II in Liverpool, England and the postwar years.
Over seventy years have passed since the ending of World War II. In her book, “Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God” Joyce Lovely recounts growing up in Liverpool, England amid air raids, bombs and gasmasks. As a child, she tells of life during the war from her perspective, allowing the grown ups to worry about battles, rations and lack of necessities.
Postwar Britain continued to be difficult with rationing extending until 1953, the year Queen Elizabeth was crowned. She brings the reader into the life of a teenager in the fifties, where girls had strict mores to follow, but still had fun, that included her two working years in London. The book concludes with her marriage to a minister and their first three years of living in the far flung Shetland Islands. Here she shares how she rebelled against the island expectations of ‘yon minister’s wife’ as well as the unusual accounts of village life, often with hilarious results.
Joyce will present her book, sharing some of the highlights, as well as a few other stories of war time England, not perhaps included in her book. Questions, of course, will be welcomed.
This is what people are saying about the book:
Fascinating, funny and gloriously nostalgic, Ice Cream, Gas Masks and God is the author’s trip down memory lane to 1940s Liverpool, where early reminiscences include not just the hated gas mask, but also the regular night time spells in the air raid shelter as the bombs fell.
Discover what it was like to live a child’s life with air-raids, bombs falling, and the hated gasmasks! Then follow her teenage years and young adulthood in Liverpool and London. The book culminates in her marriage to a parson and three years on the remote Shetland Islands where she experiences challenges, humour and the many kindnesses offered by the villagers.
Please help us welcome local author, Colin Sargent on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:00 p.m. to discuss his new book, The Boston Castrato. A book sale and signing will follow.
Raffi left more than Rome behind. Snipped by a bishop as a boy, he is bundled off to America when the Church takes shame. Forbidden to use his voice, he explores other gifts that steal him into the society of Boston’s gangsters, necromancers, and the wild crew surrounding the poet Amy Lowell as he searches for a genuine love song. What E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime did for New York, The Boston Castrato does for 1920s Boston.
The Graves Library is pleased to welcome Maine Mystery Writer Kate Flora to the Pasco Lecture Series, Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm.
Maine native, and former assistant attorney general Kate Flora’s twelve books include seven series mysteries, three gritty police procedurals, a suspense thriller (written as Katharine Clark) and a true crime. Finding Amy was a 2007 Edgar nominee and has been optioned for a movie. Her current projects include Death Dealer, a true crime involving a Canadian serial killer, a screenplay, and a novel in linked stories. Flora’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Sara Paretsky edited collection, Sisters on the Case. She spent seven years as editor and publisher at Level Best Books. Flora is a former international president of Sisters in Crime, and a founding member of the New England Crime Bake conference. She teaches writing for Grub Street in Boston. Her third police procedural, Redemption, was published in 2012. The Angel of Knowlton Park and And Grant You Peace are her latest additions to the Joe Burgess Mystery Series. Book sales and signing will follow the program.
The Pasco Lecture Series is supported by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and the Graves Library Snack Team.