Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Felicity Fair Thompson talks about her book

THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH – the story starts at Christmas in 1943 when three thousand people are forced to leave the coastal area. Harry, her young hero leaves his home in the village of Torcross at Slapton Sands with his mother and his little sister. Imagine – packing up, leaving everything you know and love behind, and not knowing why.

But Harry has left his most precious possession behind. And he goes back. And it’s just as Exercise Tiger is about to happen….

American President Harry Trueman once said: “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”

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The Kid on Slapton Beach – in the top books

THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH – don’t miss reading this book.

Online reviews

Fantastic read – based on a true story.

Absolutely brilliant – sensitively written from the child’s perspective but covering an amazing historical event – would suit any child from about 10 up and all adults. Very moving.

I couldn’t put this book down. It describes the monumental carnage that occurred on Slapton Sands in June 1944. I thoroughly recommend this as a holiday read.

A gripping story about the Second World War

BBC On-line Devon

WW2 Survivors Tales of Covered Up Disaster – Claire Jones

Such an interesting on-line article about British millionaire Kevin Wheatcroft planning to restore one of the German E-boats that attacked the rehearsal for D-Day Convoy off Slapton Sands – well worth reading!

The disaster of D-Day rehearsal Exercise Tiger at Slapton was one of the best-kept secrets of WW2.

THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH
Published by Wight Diamond Press
978-0-9535123-2-4
‘A jewel!’ says Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders ‘A wonderful book!’ Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’

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BBC Article

20th December 1943

Imagine leaving home at Christmas with nowhere to go.
Yesterday back in 1943 three thousand people on the Devon coast had to leave their homes, their farms, their businesses, their lives – just pack up and go, and without knowing why.
THE KID ON SLAPTON BEACH
Have you read it?
This book is beautiful. You can’t stop reading even though you don’t want it to end. I understood and cared about these people, families who reacted to a true historical event. I wanted to know what happened next. A jewel!
Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders
Superb on so many levels… I couldn’t put it down. I can see the landscape, feel its texture, smell it. And I can see twelve year old Harry, and all those villagers and their struggles. It’s powerful. I found myself close to tears when I read it and smiling too. A wonderful book!
Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’

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Slapton Sands

I was in Devon last week promoting my book The Kid on Slapton Beach
Slapton Sands looks so beautiful and peaceful in this sunshine but in 1944 it was the setting for dramatic D-Day rehearsals. Look for the book title on YouTube, or visit http://www.wightdiamondpress.com
Devon’s a great place to visit – we stayed in Dartmouth: http://www.discoverdartmouth.com