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The Safest Place in Londay by Maggie Joel (September 2016)

The Safest Place in Londay by Maggie Joel (September 2016)On a frozen January evening in 1944, Nacy Levin and her three-year-old daughter Emily, flee their impoverished East London home as an air raid siren sounds.  Not far away, Diana Meadows and her own child, three-year-old Abigail are lost in the black-out as the air raid begins.  Finding their way in the jostling crowd to the mouth of the shelter they hurry to the safety of the underground tube station.  Mrs Meadows, who has so far sat out the war in the safety of London's outer suberbs, is terrified - as much by the prospect of sheltering in an East End tube station as of experiencing a bombing raid first hand.

Far away, Diana's husband Gerald Meadows, finds himself in a tank regiment in North Africa while Nancy's husband, Joe Levin, has narrowly survived a torpedo attack in the Atlantic and is about to re-join his ship.  Both men have their own wars to fight but take comfort in the knowledge that their wives and children, at least, remain safe.

But in wartime, ordinary people can find themselves taking extreme action - risking everything to secure their own and their family's survival, even at the expense of others.
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