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The Barley Hole Chronicles: From Hell to Hamburg

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These Chronicles document one Yorkshire family's descent into the wilderness of poverty and hunger. It is a personal record of one young man's struggle to survive the Great Depression, the Second World War and the hazards and wonders of life in postwar Germany.
Paperback, First edition, 482 pages
Published November 9th 2011 by Barley Hole (first published October 31st 2011)
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This is one of the most poignant memoirs I've ever read. Harry Smith's life is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit to survive, endure, and thrive against all manner of tragedies and obstacles.

Born in 1923 into a disintegrating family in Yorkshire, Harry endured a life of hard, painful, searing poverty. He joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1941 to escape the dreariness and hopelessness he had known up to that time. He learned to be a wireless operator and spent most of the war in
The Barley Hole Chronicles: From Hell to Hamburg by Harry Leslie Smith

Smith writes a true love story during wartime in Hamburg 1947. The time span is during the Great Depression and ends in Germany post war. The love story involves the author and his wife, Friede.

Smith was in Hamburg when Germany surrendered. He was a lonely teenager who had volunteered to join the RAF (Royal Air Force) in December of 1940 -1947. He extended his term(s) with the RAF without a second thought. There was nothing fo
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Where do I start? This is a modern day look at jolly old England and how jolly it wasn't. The main character Harry Smith is born into what appears to be a life of prosperity and good living until his father falls ill and verbally informs his fathers brother that he will become the temporary heir to his pub and not Harry's father Albert. This decision will have dire consequences for the entire Smith clan as the uncle (Larratt) has other plans.

Due to Albert's marriage (with a women none of the Sm
The Barley Hole Chronicles is actual a book containing two memoirs by Harry Smith, his first 1923 and Hamburg 1947. The book vividly portrays life in Northern England during the depression. It is at times a sad tale about a young boy who must struggle with hunger, family breakdown and extreme poverty. Smith is a very good painter of scenes and of people. He is also very good at keeping the balance between dark and light in this book. There is heartbreak but their is hope and laughter in the Barl ...more
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Harry Leslie Smith is a survivor of the Great Depression, a second world war RAF veteran and, at 90, an activist for the poor and for the preservation of social democracy. His Guardian articles have been shared over 60,000 times on Facebook and have attracted huge comment and debate. He has authored numerous books about Britain during the Great Depression, the second world war and postwar austerit
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