The Empress of Australia: A Post-War Memoir

The Empress of Australia: A Post-War Memoir

The Empress of Australia A Post War Memoir In the winter of a post war darkness felled Britain and happiness like sweets was tightly rationed So begins Harry Leslie Smith s bitter sweet memoir The Empress of Australia which depicts lif

  • Title: The Empress of Australia: A Post-War Memoir
  • Author: Harry Leslie Smith
  • ISBN: 9780987842572
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the winter of 1948, a post war darkness felled Britain and happiness, like sweets, was tightly rationed So begins Harry Leslie Smith s bitter sweet memoir The Empress of Australia which depicts life in post war Yorkshire Recently demobbed from the RAF, Smith and his German war bride must try to adjust to a civilian society that is scarred from not only the war but thIn the winter of 1948, a post war darkness felled Britain and happiness, like sweets, was tightly rationed So begins Harry Leslie Smith s bitter sweet memoir The Empress of Australia which depicts life in post war Yorkshire Recently demobbed from the RAF, Smith and his German war bride must try to adjust to a civilian society that is scarred from not only the war but the harsh reality of living in peacetime Britain At first, Harry Leslie Smith finds himself ill equipped for this brave new world where Britain has lost its empire and is bankrupt Yet, like so many other returning veterans from the Second World War, Smith stumbled onwards through the era known as the Age of Austerity to confront the horrors of his childhood and the innate injustice of a society divided by class Harry Leslie Smith sketches a real, sometimes amusing and sometimes melancholic portrait of Britain in the late 1940s In his book, Smith speaks for all generations who have faced untold hardships in their quest for dignity and purpose during times of financial, political and familial upheaval The Empress of Australia is a personal history of one man s journey towards self discovery and freedom from row house Britain Sometimes, after the war, peace is the hardest battle to survive.

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    This is the third in a series of memoirs.The books weave together Harry's personal experience with history as we know it today. He was born in 1923 in England and lived in complete poverty growing up. His family situation was incredibly difficult his whole childhood. He joined the Royal Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Hamburg, Germany after the war. It was fascinating to see how people lived in Germany after the war--this was something I had absolutely never thought of. He als [...]

    I was lucky enough to get this when it was on for free, but I would have bought it anyway, having read the two other books in the series, 1923: A Memoir and Hamburg 1947.Harry Smith is back from the second world war, and brings his German bride over to live in darkest working class Halifax - a bit of a shock for her! The book documents not only the ups and downs of Harry and Friede's relationship, but also tells much about how people felt after the war, in both Germany and England, about the in [...]

    Beautifully atmospheric, stunning and heart-wrenchingly candid this melancholic portrait, is a nostalgic tale of time past. Poignant and indisputably compelling, this realistic account of life during post-war 1940’s Britain is truly insightful. War-related literature seems to hold sway during the events of World War one or the Second World War, but rarely one is able to glimpse what it was like after this catastrophically consequential moment within history. Peace may have been sought, but liv [...]

    Jolly old England? If your part of the upper-crust, yes! If not, the future is not bright.Mr. Smith has done it again. In the vein of Dickens, Mr. Smith paints a realistic picture of post war Great Britain. I have studied the topic for over thirty years, but something was missing in the accolades that were lavished on the Allies total victory over the Axis powers. Russia revealed in their new territorial acquisitions. The US flexed its power as a new Super power. But what of England? She too was [...]

    When I heard that I had won this book as a giveaway, I was eager to start reading it. It is an honest and open account of Harry's life after the end of the war. So many countries struggled to recover after WWII which caused many families to emigrate to Canada, U.S. or Australia. Harry had a tough upbringing, joined the RAF in WWII, and after the war, married a German woman he met in Hamburg. The first few years of their marriage was hard, from trying to make ends meet, looking for work, and adj [...]

    The Empress of Australia, the third installment of Harry Smith's superb social commentary, is as honestly written and brilliantly conceived as the other two books. Harry, thank you for sharing your youth with us - it was such an inspiring journey and I admire your tenacity. It was a pleasure getting to know you.

    I loved the bookI couldn't stop reading once I started. It is third in a series and I have yet to read the 2nd book. I look forward to that oneHarry's honesty and dry wit are refreshing considering what he went through in his life

    Like all of Harry Leslie Smiths books, I could not put it down, very eloquently written and important social history.

    Another great book from Harry. I love the warts and all telling of his life story. No sentimentality nor any self pity. Really gives a feel for how hard times were directly after WWII.

    It is now 1948 and Harry is beginning a new life out of the RAF and with new wife Friede, they move back to Halifax, and begin their married life back living with Harry’s mother. Britain is left broken after the war; the future is looking dull and dark for the couple, with not many prospects on the horizon in Yorkshire, poverty and hardship is all that await them. Can Harry and Friede who survived a war, now survive the harsh and coldness of a life with nothing on the horizon?This is the third [...]

    This is a fascinating account of life in the years immediately after WW2. It's a very personal memoir that makes some profound and far reaching comments that are as pertinent today as they were then.

    Tells of the difficulties of a WWII soldier returning to his home in England with his German war bride. It covers the economic problems of soldiers returning to a bankrupt country and the trouble of his wife adjusting to a country more impoverished than her own.

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