While the Bombs Fell – Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton

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What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes

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8 reviews for While the Bombs Fell – Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton

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  6. Priscilla Bettis

    This is an historical biography of Elsie Hancy Eaton’s childhood in the 1940s in Suffolk County, England, quite literally while the (German) bombs fell. The book is aimed at younger readers, I’d say upper middle grade or younger YA, but as an adult, I quite enjoyed it.

    The book is narrated in a series of vignettes rather than a traditional story structure. I found each chapter sweet or frightening or humorous or sad, but always interesting. I learned a lot about England during the early 1940s.

    Because of the War and rationing Elsie had anything but a carefree childhood. And yet, Elsie and her siblings had carefree activities, like playing in the mud, swimming in the river, patriotic singing, visiting the cows, and plucking fruit from the apple trees. Cheadle and Eaton include several lullabies, folk songs, and children’s rhymes which add to the atmosphere of the story.

    This book has the same vibe as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: a young girl in tough times thrives nonetheless.

    A fantastic read, kudos to Cheadle and Eaton.

    I bought the ebook through the Lulu online bookstore.

  7. Patricia Furstenberg

    Reading “While the Bombs Fell,” I was transported to the small town of Bungay, Suffolk, where Elsie and her family faced the difficulties and uncertainties of wartime England. From the constant threat of German bombers to the daily struggles of rationing and supply shortages, the authors expertly depicted the realities of life during WWII.

    While the story effectively captured the atmosphere of wartime Britain and provided intriguing insights into daily life, its unconventional storytelling style may not appeal to all readers – but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Rather than following a traditional plot structure, the story unfolded as a series of memories told from a child’s perspective. Refreshing and raw; engaging and immersive.

    I recommend “While Bombs Fell” because it provides a unique look into the past and sheds light on the resilience and strength of ordinary families during extraordinary times, as family ties always strengthen us. Despite its unconventional format, it is a valuable historical document and a testament to the human spirit’s resilience in the face of hardship. Give it a try!

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