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It's 2006 and Alex Mullen is coming to terms with a terrible past. Meeting up with Frankie, who shared the bad times, exposes one of Australia's cruelest secrets. In Falmouth, 1942, commando Philip Seymour sails for France. Left on the quayside is Rosie, a half-Romany girl looking for something more from life than collecting old clothes to sell on for pennies. Philip, who ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Honno Press
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Rosie Amber
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The War Before Mine has two settings. 2006 in Australia and the years around WW2 in the UK. This is a very emotional tale dedicated to the 7000 children shipped to Australia between the years of 1947 and 1970 as orphans. Children often treated as "nobodies" who had love and parentage withdrawn from their precious lives.

In 2006 Alex Mullen attends a reunion for migrant children. Shipped out to Australia at the tender age of 4 with a false birth certificate stating he was 5, Alex bumps into Frank
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Christina Rochester
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this book. I've read plenty of wartime boy meets girl stories; but this one really gripped me due to Alex's chapters interspersed with the main story. It is this story, especially the memories we see of Alex's childhood that really got to me.

Both Rosie and Philip are incredibly strong characters and they both have absolutely amazing character development. The only thing that I really didn't get was how it took Rosie 6 months to realise what was going on. Then again I gue
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Sall
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant book with a unique approach to tackling the war. I felt that it was an opportunity missed as although it tackled the issue of what happened to children born out of wedlock during the war and how the women dealt with this. As Rosie was a Romany I felt had the book explored how the Romanies dealt with and participated in the war would have been even more interesting. At first I couldn’t make the connection between the memories of a child migrant and those of Rosie and Phillip experienc ...more
Richard Edmonds
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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