Goodnight Mister Tom

Its been a couple weeks since my last blog post, but trust me, I’ve a good excuse.  I’ve been in the process of relocating from Wiltshire to Cumbria.  However, when I’ve not had my head in a packing box, I’ve had my head in a good book in order to bring you this latest blog.

20180330_194241.jpgOn my very vintage bookcase, I’m placing a favourite book of mine ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian.   This book was a winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, but don’t go thinking that this book is just for children.  For me, it wouldn’t be a book that I would choose to give to a child for a bed time story, its an emotional roller coaster even for an adult.

The book is set at the outbreak of the Second World War, when evacuees from London are sent to a small village, including young William.  William is forced upon Tom Oakley, a man set in his bachelor ways, having lost his wife and son many years before and never really recovered.  It soon becomes apparent that not all is as it seems, that William has been subjected to physical and emotional abuse at home in London.  William thrives in the countryside, but the day comes that his mother calls him home.  I won’t tell you how it ends, as I don’t want to spoil it for you!

goodnightmistertomThe book was turned into a TV programme in 1998, staring the late John Thaw.  He did such a great job of playing the character, that I could picture him as I read the book.  The TV programme varies a little from the original book, but I could understand why the TV programme had left some bits of the book out.

The book itself isn’t vintage, having been written in the 1980’s, but its ability to transport you back to village life of the Second World War is why it deserves to be on my very vintage bookshelf.

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