Her spirit and verve, along with her ability to connect with the men fighting for their country and those left behind praying for their loved ones, made her the 'Forces' sweetheart'. Performing the songs that she will always be associated with, such as 'We'll Meet Again' and 'Yours', Vera toured Egypt, India and Burma to entertain the troops and bring them a sense of 'back home'.
Her career after the war flourished, with hits in the US and the UK, but Vera was never able to leave behind her wartime role and was deeply affected by what she had seen. Still heavily involved with veteran and other charities, this is Dame Vera's vivid story of her life and her war - from bombs and rations to dance halls and the searing heat of her appearances abroad. Epitomising British fortitude and hope, Dame Vera gives a vivid portrait of Britain at war, and a unique story of one woman who came to symbolize a nation.
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I enjoyed Vera Lynn's touching story of determination and warmth towards her work and family life.
The sections read by the author were lovely and one could imagine the era and all the wonderful experiences which she shared with her family and the people that she met.
It was, at first, difficult to overcome the reader's unsatisfactory delivery of the author's words - it was clipped and lost the warmth the author intended to convey.
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