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Reuniting a piece of WWII history

wwii letter found

In November, we discovered moving hand-written letter hidden inside a used book, written by a British soldier serving in Italy.

The soldier, Lance Corporal John Wheldon-Williams, had received a package from a schoolgirl – Miss Pat Moore – containing a pair of mittens she had knitted to provide some comfort. He was so touched by this gesture, he decided to reply to let her know just how important her contribution to the war effort was.

We’re delighted to announce that following a campaign to uncover more about the story behind the letter, we’ve been able to reunite this with Pat’s daughter – and discover more about the soldier that penned it.

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Author Interviews

World of Books.com talks with Harriet Castor about writing, her favourite books and Henry VIII

At the unusually young age of twelve Harriet Castor had her first children’s book, Fat Puss and Friends, accepted for publication by Penguin. Since then she has written over forty books, both fiction and non-fiction, for children and adults. She completed a History degree at Cambridge University, specialising in the Tudor period, and since graduating has had a variety of jobs, including teaching English in Prague, and spending three years with the Royal Ballet as a Benesh Notator. Harriet now lives in Bristol with her husband and two daughters, and writes full time. Continue Reading