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  • Location: London

The Air Raid Book Club

The Air Raid Book Club

Why a Booktrail?

1938: As the bombs began to fall, the book club kept their hopes alive…

  • ISBN: B0BG1GK117
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

Bookseller Gertie Bingham is facing difficult times, having just lost her beloved husband, Harry, and with a lingering sadness at never having been able to have a child of her own. Struggling to face running the bookshop she and Harry opened together, Gertie is preparing to sell up and move away when she is asked if she would be willing to take in a young Jewish refugee from Germany. Gertie is unsure and when sullen teenager Hedy Fischer arrives, Gertie fears she has nothing left to give the troubled girl.

But when the German bombers come and the lights go out over London, Gertie and Hedy realise that joining forces will make them stronger, and that books have the power to bring young and old together and unite a community in need in its darkest hour…

Travel Guide

The Bookshop in London

This isn’t a real bookshop sadly but the story is based on real facts. Cecil Court is well known for small and quirky, specialist bookshops and so ideal for this shop to exist. Nowadays, the exclusive Goldsboro books which celebrates first editions and which has a brilliant bookclub is located in this alleyway.

“The sun’s early rays cast a spot light through the window, as notes of dust danced and swirled like fireflies. Gertie paused to inhale the exquisite possibility of unopened books as she had done every morning for hearely thirty years.”

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Air Raid Book Club

Destination: London  Author/guide: Annie Lyons Departure Time:  1938

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