Book: Ashford by Melanie Rose
categories: Book, WWII, Love Story, England, 1940s, Female Protagonist, Narcolepsy, Women's Land Army, Land Girls, Historical Fiction
Melanie Rose about this book: This book was inspired by a love of England and an immersion in the music of Ken "Snakehips" Johnson, the band leader who was killed in the Blitz in 1941 during a performance at the Cafe du Paris in London. He is only mentioned once in the novel, but his music contributed immensely to its creation. I wanted "Ashford" to be less a war novel and very much more a book about the ordinary people during WWII, watching their loved ones go off to war, trying to maintain a sense of solidity in a time of upheaval. It's also about finding that magic place called "home," that we all spend so much time searching for. In this book, that place is Ashford, the house in the English countryside.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the wonderful people at the BBC, for their online collection of first-hand accounts of the war years. The information and detail was an invaluable part of my research.
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