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  • Prunes for Breakfast: One Man's War

  • One Man's War Based on a True Story
  • By: John Searancke
  • Narrated by: Nicholas C Jermyn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
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This is the story of John Searancke's parents, told mostly from the side of his father, Eddie Searancke, from the time of his calling up in early 1940 to his release from a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1945, thence his return to England to try to pick up the pieces of his old life. Nothing could ever be quite the same afterwards.

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  • By To be Frank... on 04-02-17

Wonderful book!

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Reviewed: 04-02-17

Where does Prunes for Breakfast: One Man's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

First class

What was one of the most memorable moments of Prunes for Breakfast: One Man's War?

Torn from his cosy well-to-do life as a (very) young company director in Burton on Trent, with its all-pervading smell of roasted hops from the breweries, Private Edward Searancke (the author’s father) is dumped from the back of a removals van into a far less cosy life in the British army. There’s a war on, Hitler is at the gate, and Edward is determined to do his duty – even if it means endless square bashing (torture to his fallen arches), separation from his new bride Elizabeth, and nowhere to park his golf clubs. Yet it is through a combination of golf and grit that he rises rapidly up through the ranks to become a captain, one of the brave many who stormed the beaches at Normandy in 1944.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I laughed most at the 'politicially important' game of golf that manages to keep the two lovers apart (Elizabeth didn't!)

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

WWII Brit soldier Eddie Searancke gets captured by the Nazis and banged up in a POW holding camp for officers. What’s for breakfast? Oh yes, it’s prunes, and Eddie becomes a very 'regular' soldier indeed.

Any additional comments?

Loved it!