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Inside the Whale by Jennie Rooney
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Inside the Whale

by Jennie Rooney

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I loved this book so much, finished it on the plane to PE and cried my eyes out - air hostess looked concerned...
  LindsayCal | Feb 15, 2016 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it easy to read and I liked the characters. ( )
  Nataliec7 | Jan 5, 2015 |
This book is about two elderly people and the cruel twist that WWII played on their lives. Michael is an elderly man now. He is in hospital and has lost the power of speech. He communicates by writing on a pad. Stevie is recovering from the death of her husband and living temporarily with her daughter Emily and granddaughter Anna. The two main characters tell their story in alternate chapters. They talk about how they met and fell in love but were then parted when Michael got called up. Neither of the two know about each other’s present day circumstances and we hear them reminiscing about each other.

This tale is poignant and heartbreaking, but filled with a gentle humour. Rooney has written a believable tale about wartime love and the hardships that people of that time endured. She has made the characters come to life on the pages and created a warm, uplifting tale about the power of love. ( )
3 vote kehs | Jul 13, 2008 |
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Stephanie Sandford, recently widowed, must tell her family the truth. But the past is indistinct and it's complicated. First, there was her mum, who developed an anxious streak after marrying the wrong Reg. And then there was the young man from the dairy who gave Stevie swimming lessons before he broke her heart. War came, and four years chopping root vegetables in the canteen of the Sun Pat peanut factory on the Old Kent Road. Then the wet London nights, with the Doodle Bugs slipping through the sky like huge silvery fish. It's not until she's under an umbrella with Jonathan - dark hair and seaweed eyes - that Stevie finally starts to sense safety. Meanwhile, Michael Royston's memories are squashed into a shoebox (along with Queen Matilda's Dicken Medal for bravery) ready for his move into hospital. Years ago, he trained military carrier pigeons for the Royal Corps of Signals in Cairo so it's ironic that his own homecoming has taken a lifetime. Michael has never been good at putting things into words; he's more comfortable with the click of Morse code. But Anna, a young healthcare assistant, has the patience - and rare tenderness - to eke out his story. And so he begins.

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Stephanie Sandford, recently widowed, must tell her family the truth but the past is indistinct and its complicated. First, there was her mum, who developed an anxious streak after marrying the wrong Reg. Then there was the young man from the dairy who taught Stevie to swim and broke her heart.… (more)

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