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Ingenu/e magazine – Spring edition

Told from the viewpoint of young Harry Beere, The Kid on Slapton Beach opens in the midst of the confusion of a small Devon community faced with the prospect of leaving their homes and the security of their village life just before Christmas.

From the opening lines the tension and upset of their forced exodus is tangible, but the disruption of their departure is overshadowed by a greater tragedy, one that was covered up for fifty years, and one that is gradually revealed, menacingly, unbelievably as the story unfolds.

With the lyrical economy of a poet, Felicity Fair Thompson paints a vivid picture of this rural idyll shattered by conflict; she captures the sense of wartime Britain in a way that feels almost familiar. Her attention to detail indicates an acute observer of human behaviour, fleshing out the key characters and capturing the essence of youth in the idiosyncrasies of boyhood – the eponymous kid a mixture of callow bravado and childlike fragility as he investigates the often challenging encounters with those around him.

A potent combination of war story, rite of passage and the angst of stressful family relationships, set against a factual backdrop – no less extraordinary for being factual – The Kid on Slapton Beach is a captivating read. Work lay untouched, phones went unanswered, meals were late… I couldn’t put it down! The Kid on Slapton Beach is available from bookshops, or direct from www.wightdiamondpress.com and is also available as an e-book from Amazon and Smashwords.

Editor Gill Kaye
Ingenu/e   is distributed in the High Weald and South Down

D-Day 6th June 1944

There will be an event at SANDOWN ZOO on the Isle of Wight this weekend 6th/7th June. Wartime planners knew that following D-Day – June 6, 1944 – Allied forces would need vast quantities of petroleum to continue the advance into Europe. Allied leaders also knew that petroleum tankers trying to reach French ports would be vulnerable to Luftwaffe attacks.

To prevent fuel shortages from stalling the Normandy invasion, a top-secret “Operation PLUTO” – Pipe Line Under The Ocean – became the Allied strategy. It would fuel victory and help change the petroleum industry.

Visit the PLUTO Room at Sandown Zoo, and the D-Day Exhibition at beautiful Shanklin Chine to see just how important the Isle of Wight was to the Allied Invasion.

Read about the secret rehearsals for D-Day –
The Kid on Slapton Beach

Slapton Sands Exercise Tiger

28th April 1944
It’s still dark on the beach

THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH

It rumbled suddenly into Harry’s dream. Something loud and threatening and dangerous. He woke with a start, for a moment surprised to find darkness and soft dry sand around him, the familiar sound of waves swishing on the shore; dragging, draining out, splashing in again, and pebbles skittering around in the foam. It sounded like the sea breathing.

Whatever woke him wasn’t the sea. Through the rock windows he saw nothing except pale, shifting shingle and silver light stretching into the milky moon bay. But far out, blurred by a delicate shroud of sea mist, a throbbing orange glow was spreading out along the dark horizon. Bright bursts of light suddenly illuminated the night sky followed by another low thudding sound.

Out in the bay were dark shapes, ships, and then as first light crept into the sky, flat wide boats were racing in…

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The Kid on Slapton Beach
ISBN 978-0-9535123-2-4
published by Wight Diamond Press

BBC Online News Devon

WW2 Survivors Tales of Covered Up Disaster – Claire Jones
Such an interesting on-line article about a British millionaire Kevin Wheatcroft planning to restore one of the German E-boats that attacked the rehearsal for D-Day Convoy off Slapton Sands – well worth reading!

The disaster of D-Day rehearsal Exercise Tiger at Slapton was one of the best-kept secrets of WW2.

THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH
Published by Wight Diamond Press
978-0-9535123-2-4
‘A jewel!’ says Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders ‘A wonderful book!’ Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’

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D-Day

Remembering the 70th Anniversary of D-Day – a new story…

THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH
Published by Wight Diamond Press
978-0-9535123-2-4

HAVE YOU READ IT?

Superb on so many levels… I couldn’t put it down. I can see the landscape, feel its texture, smell it. And I can see twelve year old Harry, and all those villagers and their struggles. It’s powerful. I found myself close to tears when I read it and smiling too. A wonderful book!
Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’

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