Gwen Southgate Delivers New Edition of Popular Memoir

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In Coin Street Chronicles, author recounts first-hand observations of her young life in Britain

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Coin Street Chronicles paints a vivid and captivating portrait of Britain and her people before, during, and after World War II.

In many parts of the world today, poverty and war are no strangers to children – nor were they in Britain during the Depression and World War II. During those difficult years many British children experienced at first-hand both poverty and the ravages of war. In Coin Street Chronicles: Memoirs of an Evacuee from London’s Old South Bank (published by iUniverse), Gwen Southgate tells a humor-laced tale of growing up under those circumstances.

In January 1929, in a grimy, working-class neighborhood on the south bank of the Thames, Eileen Gwynneth Yvonne Redfern was born. From her inauspicious beginning as the unwelcome third occupant of Old Ma Tanner’s one-room apartment on Coin Street to an 18-year-old on the brink of university life, author Southgate weaves a fascinating story of a vanished time and a way of life on London’s old south bank.

In this memoir, telling tales of the 1930s and 1940s, Southgate provides a glimpse into a broader tapestry portraying Britain as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Among its many colorful and lively characters are the big-hearted, chain-smoking Aunt-mum; yarn-spinning, practical joker Grampa Benson; and Southgate’s feisty, much-married mother. After a wartime evacuation from London opens wider horizons, Southgate shares how she managed to survive in a world where the mere stealing of a spoonful of rice pudding could lead to dire consequences and even the enjoyment of a Sunday walk was condemned as sinful.

Coin Street Chronicles paints a vivid and captivating portrait of Britain and her people before, during, and after World War II. The book has been selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing and commercial success.

About the Author
Gwen Southgate retired from childhood many years ago. Since then, she tended the needs of a husband, four children, 10 grandchildren, innumerable pets and droves of high school students. She now lives with her husband near Princeton, New Jersey, where she enjoys doing many things she never had time to do.

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