Beyond The Sea: A Wren At War is a memoir and a dedication to many of the women who took on World War II roles as Wrens.
The book covers the life of author Christian Lamb from her first days as a Wren, through her marriage to a naval officer, their travels around the world and later her passion for gardening.
Christian has also included war memories from other Wren friends and acquaintances which gives the reader a wider view of the work that the Wrens did. Many of the tasks that the Wrens undertook may have appeared to be low-key, but often their purpose was to release a man from the job so that he could be sent to war. What ever the work, secrecy was adhered to and many of the Wrens, like others from the war years, never told their stories to their families.
After the war Christian moved with her husband and family around the world, until they retired to Cornwall, where she fell in love with gardening. She began writing books at the age of eighty, and then lectured on gardening. She celebrated her one hundredth birthday recently, and still looks forward to what the next few years will bring. Her final words were an inspiration:
‘The foreseeable future is full of possibilities that are new to any 100-year-old and I can’t wait for them to begin’.
I do enjoy reading about the real lives of people who survived the war, and the lives of the Wrens was pretty interesting. I also enjoyed the parts set in Cornwall as I have relatives who went to school in the same village, so I could almost picture those parts. My final word goes to the author; her vision for the endless possibilities of life is amazing.
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Love, duty and true-life adventure in the shadow of the Second World War.
Christian Lamb is one of the last surviving Wren Officers to have served throughout the Second World War, from Blitz ravaged London, to the important Radar and Operations rooms and undertaking a vital role in D Day.
Escaping both the Spanish Flu pandemic when she was born and the pandemic we are emerging from today, she has reached the impressive age of 101. Now she leads us through the story of her extraordinary life and the wartime experiences of her fellow Wrens.