Roberto's War by Alan Lambert
  

Roberto's War

Written by Alan Lambert
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Roberto's War by Alan Lambert

The effects of war get too close to home for Robert and his friends. It is 1940, the first hot summer of the War. In the mining valleys north of Cardiff, Robert, Freddo and Aldo escape the day-to-day drudgery of rationing and blackouts with a carefree afternoon swim in the old abandoned quarry. But then the evacuees arrive.

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The important contribution made by Italian immigrants to life in south Wales during the last century has recently been celebrated with an exhibition which will find a permanent home in St Fagans Museum. The shops and cafes opened by enterprising people from some of the poorer areas of Italy provided ice cream and other small luxuries which helped to make life more tolerable for generations of the Welsh, especially in the industrial valleys of the south where few treats could be afforded. Once their business was established, many Italian families made Wales their permanent home and whilst they retained their ties to Italy, they integrated well into the local community. Unfortunately, however, fear of outsiders is only too easily played upon in troubled times, and the Italian community suffered their share of abuse when Mussolini allied himself with Hitler.

The novel effectively portrays the lives of valleys children in the period, both freer than todays children because of the lack of adult supervision of their play, but also subject to unquestioned adult authority and lacking in material comforts. Roberts character is well drawn

the issues of injustice and the difficulty of being heard which arise are as alive for todays readers as they ever were.

Wendy Crockett

Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council

About the Author

Alan Lambert was brought up in the Merthyr valley but now lives in London. He is a former teacher and later worked for the BBC as Commissioning Executive for primary school programs. He has co-authored a number of teaching handbooks and abridged over 25 children's books for BBC Radio 7. Roberto's War is his first novel.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
176 pages

Author

Alan Lambert
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Publisher

Pont Books an imprint of Gomer Press

Publication date

28th August 2009

ISBN

9781848510784


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