Aunt Alices War

WW2 humour
ISBN 1-84683-141-6
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by Douglas Walker
ARP warden Aunt Alice's overzealous efforts to protect the Lancashire seaside town of St Annes from enemy subterfuge during WW2 are a comedy treat for readers of any age.

"Laugh-out-loud funny..."

"...a wonderfully warm-hearted book that will resonate with anyone who remembers the wartime years."

"A glorious tribute to English eccentricity and to the indomitable spirit that characterised Britain’s civilian population during the Second World War."

"...should be made into a TV series starring Miranda Hart!"

A quiet seaside resort on the Lancashire coast seems an unlikely battlefront but it is here, in the pleasant little town of St Anne’s, on the Fylde coast, just south of Blackpool, that Douglas Walker’s eccentric Aunt Alice wages her war with Nazi Germany as an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden.

Not content with her ARP duties alone, Alice takes it upon herself to protect her home turf against the sinister threat of enemy subterfuge and in her capacity as the town’s self-appointed security officer she makes it her business to root out fifth columnists among the St Anne’s population.

Although St Anne’s might not seem an obvious target for enemy attention, she manages to detect numerous instances of suspicious activity – including sabotage, espionage and invasion by stealth – all of which call for her immediate action, aided and abetted by her two young nephews, who spend their wartime summer holidays staying with her.

Alice’s efforts to defend her beloved homeland have a horrible tendency to go awry, however, and these splendid tales of her misadventures are guaranteed to amuse readers of all ages and particularly those old enough to remember the wartime years.

Deftly written and laugh-out-loud funny, Douglas Walker’s affectionate portrait of his well-meaning but accident-prone maiden aunt and her abortive efforts to win the war deserves to become a classic.

details softback | 140 x 205 mm | 156 pages
themes World War Two | The Home Front | Air Raid Precautions
genre humour | nostalgia
readership all ages