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The Burning Summer

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Ruthie Lee is seven and England is at war. Brought back from the countryside to live with her mother and baby brother in London, she spends summer in the hot dusty streets and the warm companionship of the East End Jewish community. As if air raids were not enough, there is a shadow across all their lives, for her father has deserted from the army, there is no money coming ...more
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published (first published September 11th 1972)
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Justin Neville
May 18, 2016 Justin Neville rated it really liked it
I had long known that Claire Rayner had been a prolific novelist as well as a famous agony aunt. So I thought I'd try one of her books and see what sort of writer she was.

And this short standalone novel, published in 1972, was really quite wonderful. Very easy to read and on the surface a popular and light piece of fiction, but actually very clever and absorbing. Her ability to get inside the head of a seven-year-old girl, with everything she grasps and doesn't grasp, remembers and doesn't remem
Jul 15, 2012 Hariharan rated it it was amazing
I just couldnt believe, how in the world can depict a kid's thoughts and feelings in such a wonderful, precise manner. Its all about Ruthie, a six year old kid during the war time in England. "Ruthie- the pisher", yes she wets her bed every night and almost a chapter is devoted to her shame and her ways to get rid of it. Most of the wartime novels talk about the disaster and the fear about bombs. But this was exclusive, where ruthie enjoys the war incidents. To Ruthie, the camps were wonderful, ...more
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Jan 27, 2014 Hermien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jewish, wwi-ii
A lovely book capturing a child's perspective of the world around her.
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Claire Berenice Rayner OBE (née Berk; born 22 January 1931) is an English journalist best known for her role for many years as an agony aunt.

Rayner is Vice-President (and former President) of the British Humanist Association, a Distinguished Supporter of the Humanist Society of Scotland and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. She is also a prominent supporter of the British repu
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