Out of the Blackout

Out of the Blackout

Robert Barnard Paperback, 200 pages; 2006 (1984)
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Simon Thorn, the protagonist of this historical mystery, was evacuated from London during the Blitz, along with many other working-class children, but was never retrieved by his parents and was too young to give the authorities any real clues as to where he came from. He was raised by a foster family in the countryside, but it is now the early 1960s, and Simon, newly moved to London for a job, decides to try to track down his birth family. The investigation takes him back to the London of the late 1930s, which is where the book's real richness lies - the period is incredibly well evoked, and the milieu, of working-class Fascist sympathizers, is fascinating. (MT)

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