Our Name Wasn't Written - A Malta Memoir (1936-1943)

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This is the memoir of a young mother struggling to feed, clothe and house her family on “the most bombed island on earth” — Malta, during World War II.

Written by two generations of eye-witnesses to the destruction wrought on the strategically vital island of Malta by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. More
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About David Vernon

I am a freelance writer and editor. I am father of two boys. For the last few years I have focussed my writing interest on chronicling women and men’s experience of childbirth and promoting better support for pregnant women and their partners. Recently, for a change of pace, I am writing two Australian history books. In 2014 I was elected Chair of the ACT Writers Centre.

In 2010 I established the Stringybark Short Story Awards to promote the short story as a literary form.

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Reviews of Our Name Wasn't Written - A Malta Memoir (1936-1943) by David Vernon

Sean Q Lee reviewed on Feb. 15, 2014

I've had this book sitting on my ipad for ages and finally got around to reading it. What a tale of courage and survival. The members of this family had so many near misses and yet their luck held and they all made it safely home. A riveting account of life being lived under the most trying of circumstances. A very readable account of life in Malta during WWII.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Gabion reviewed on March 12, 2013

An uplifting and inspiring tale of overcoming adversity. What really makes this book stand out is just how ordinary the author is. If ordinary people can stand what Caroline Vernon stood, imagine what extraordinary people can do!
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Clarissa White reviewed on Feb. 17, 2013

Women are so absent from history that this story is a delight to read. Just because there are elements of the domestic does not mean that it doesn't have drama and interest. Malta must have been a terrible place. Thank goodness these memories are now written down. Excellently referenced and clearly written.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
Jack A Benson reviewed on Aug. 19, 2012

I enjoyed this book simply because of the inter-generational perspectives given by the authors (Mother, children and grand-children). This makes history live. An excellent memoir of the terrible suffering the people of Malta endured from the Nazis during WWII. An excellent read.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Peter Thompson reviewed on June 25, 2012

I don't read my non-fiction but having read other Stringybark Stories publications I thought I would give this a go. As a memoir it casts a very interesting light on living on Malta. I don't imagine that there are many books by the wives of servicemen and thus this makes this a pretty special contribution to understanding the experiences of families under constant bombardment. Well written and often quite gripping.
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)
Sandra Black reviewed on Oct. 30, 2011

This is a fine memoir that provides an insight into a civilian's struggles during wartime (although she also worked for the military). A sensitive portrayal that is at yet the same time gritty and unsentimental. More bios like this would be great.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
Bronnie Wu reviewed on Oct. 27, 2011

This is a well written and interesting book that covers a period of history and from a perspective (a woman's perspective - and working class at that) that is rarely discussed. Great work from all the editors (obviously a family affair) has produced a fascinating book. Thank you.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
Daniel Vane reviewed on Sep. 6, 2011

This is a pithy and gritty memoir written by a woman who was in the midst of bringing up a family in the middle of war. The narrator, Caroline Vernon, is frank, fearless and certainly no shrinking violet when trying to get her entitlements from an uncaring military bureaucracy. An intersting insight into the Royal Navy's way of doing things.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
V.S. Daley reviewed on Aug. 31, 2011

This is the second book I have read from the Stringybark stable and like "The Bridge" the production quality is high (which can be somewhat rare around e-publishing). The story is a very personal journey for the writer and one of the most fascinating things about it is the description of British military heirarchy - even among military wives. This is an excellent story of one woman's bravery and persistence. An excellent read.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
Jane Doilly reviewed on May 26, 2011

This is a fascinating book. Written by a mother during WWII in Malta it shows her hopes and fears as she tries to survive as a naval wife during the worst part of the 'blitz' on Malta. Rewritten by her daughter and son later, they have added their own reminiscences and also provided a historical context to their Mother's story. This provides a wealth of both personal and historical information. Well written, well edited, it is a great read for anyone interested in the ordinary-person's eyewitness accounts of events in Malta during WWII. My only criticism is that at times it is apparent that the author (while obviously intelligent) isn't well educated. Her writing is simple rather than literary. I guess this adds a realism that literary works sometimes don't provide.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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