Lotte’s War is based on the author’s own experiences during the conflict, and details the difficulties she faced during the war, when she was separated from her family and evacuated.
The book was launched on Thursday (November 10), on the eve of Armistice Day and shortly before Remembrance Sunday (November 13), at London Corinthian Sailing Club in Hammersmith, in a hall decked with camouflage and posters and tables full of everyday items she grew up with such as rationed food portions, a gas mask and wireless and hand-knitted clothing.
The launch was attended by more than 60 school kids aged between eight and 10, some dressed up as evacuees and servicemen and women, and they listened to Lotte read a extract from the book. A Chelsea Pensioner was also present at the launch.
The 80-year-old, from Hammersmith , said: “It shows what we felt, how we survived rationing, missed our parents when evacuated, felt loss when people we knew died, the bravery and amazing friendships made during the war.
“There were no computers or mobile phones or television, only some old fashioned telephones and crackly wirelesses.
"We communicated by words and letters with generosity and love.”
The school kids, including pupils from St Stephen’s Primary School in White City , also sung classic songs from the era, including Dame Vera Lynn’s "We’ll Meet Again".
Mia St. Hill, from St Stephen’s, later said: “It was really interesting. I like finding things out about the war and I’m looking forward to reading the book.”
Lotte said she was keen to write the book as she is one of the last of the living generation to pass on her memories and experiences of that life to today’s children.
She has penned several books for children and each year puts on a Nativity play for elderly people staying at Nazareth house care home in Hammersmith.
She penned her first novel for adults at the age of 79 and marked her next birthday with the second edition of her autobiography .
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