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Shoes for Anthony

Shoes for Anthony This World War Two drama tells the story of Anthony a boy living in a deprived Welsh village anticipating the arrival of American troops Suddenly a German plane crashes into the village mounta

  • Title: Shoes for Anthony
  • Author: Emma Kennedy
  • ISBN: 9781250090966
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This 1944 World War Two drama tells the story of Anthony, a boy living in a deprived Welsh village, anticipating the arrival of American troops Suddenly, a German plane crashes into the village mountain A Polish prisoner of war survives and is brought into the community where he builds a close relationship with Anthony Later, the villagers discover one of the Germans onThis 1944 World War Two drama tells the story of Anthony, a boy living in a deprived Welsh village, anticipating the arrival of American troops Suddenly, a German plane crashes into the village mountain A Polish prisoner of war survives and is brought into the community where he builds a close relationship with Anthony Later, the villagers discover one of the Germans on the plane has survived and is still on the mountain.Joyous, thrilling, and nostalgic, Emma Kennedy s Shoes For Anthony will have you wiping your eyes one moment and beaming from ear to ear the next This is a small gem of a novel that reviewers and readers will cherish.

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    1. "There is no fun to be had from other people's bad choices . . . Mistakes are things we learn from. Make a mistake once, and learn from it. Make the same mistake twice and that's a choice. It's by our choices we are judged."Shoes for Anthony is equally heartwarming, wise, contemplative, and wonderful - with brilliant bursts of humor and injections of sorrow mixed into this coming-of-age jewel of storytelling excellence. I laughed, I sobbed; I felt Anthony's heart and soul ever so deeply. A cultu [...]

    2. Quite simply Shoes For Anthony by Emma Kennedy was a delight to read. One of those novels where you feel better for having read it.One minute I was snorting with amusement, the next I would be sniffling to keep back a tear.I thoroughly enjoyed reading the bits about the underground coal mine seeing as there are coal miners in my family from way back in time to the present day. The conditions for that era are spot on.Actually I think Emma Kennedy has really done her homework on many topics before [...]

    3. This World War II family drama set in a close knit mining community in Wales was an absolute joy to read. It centres around schoolboy Anthony, his family and friends. Anthony and his pals have a whole mountain as their playground where they have dens and get up to mischief, the sort of dangerous mischief that would drive any mother up the wall if they knew the half of what their sons were up to. He comes from a mining family with his father and two brothers already down the pits and life is hard [...]

    4. A bitter sweet novel of life in a small Welsh mining village in World War 2.Although this is Emma Kennedy's first adult novel the story is told through the eyes of Anthony, an 11 year old boy who is perpetually frustrated by the fact his only footwear is some over sized wellington boots.The book starts quite slowly, but does give rich detail to the characters who develop as the plot progresses.Just when you expect the novel to purely roll along describing wartime life in a small Welsh mining vil [...]

    5. I won 'Shoes for Anthony' in a giveaway and I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading it, but I immediately fell in love with the eponymous protagonist. Eleven year-old Anthony, a Scott Street boy destined to become a miner, lives with his mother, father, older sister, and two older brothers in Treherbert, a small Welsh mining village. All he wants is a pair of his own shoes, but instead he's stuck with a pair of wellington boots which belonged to Mr Morris, and which Anthony's [...]

    6. This is a gem of a book with wonderful characters and an engaging storyline. Set in a Welsh mining village during World War II, it really brings to life what life was like a small close knit community during the period. The influence of the mine is all pervading and the almost hand to mouth existence for many is compounded by the depravations of war and rationing.The main focus of the book is Anthony and his family,his Mam struggling to keep them all fed and clothed, his sister working for the R [...]

    7. Nothing ever happens in the Welsh mining village Anthony lives in, and he spends his days getting into mischief with his friends and attending school while his father and brothers work in the coal mine. Then a German plane crashes on their mountain leaving a Polish prisoner of war behind. As fear and suspicion spreads through the village leaving it divided, Anthony has to decide if he should do what is right, or what is popular.A beautifully written novel, it contains so many charming nuggets of [...]

    8. I received this book from the publishers as a 'First Reads Review' sort of thing. The book started off a little bland, but by the third chapter I was hooked, I love it. I love how slow, yet not dragging the pace is. I love how the Emma Kennedy describes the characters and I grew fond of all the characters, even 'Piotr' but the plot twist was amazing, even if I expected it from the moment Anthony and the gang found him on the mountain. I felt tears form in my eyes as Ade and Davey died, I honestl [...]

    9. I received a copy of this book for free through the First Reads scheme. This book is really very good and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I'd read one of Emma Kennedy's books before (the one about camping) and liked the sound of the blurb of this one so I was glad it lived up my expectations. The characters in it are very realistic and it's both humorous and heart-breaking. The twist in the plot is very clever and keeps you guessing from about halfway through the story with the ending becoming [...]

    10. I found this a delightful read - one I would recommend wholeheartedly. The characterisation was charming - it really gave the sense of the era and Welsh mountain village life. Having set the scene beautifully, the main story line unfolded seamlessly and despite the fact that I easily guessed the twist in the tale, this did not at all spoil my overall enjoyment of this utterly charming novel. Well done Ms Kennedy!

    11. Firstly, thanks to Giveaways for what turned out to be a blooming good read. I've had it on my shelf for sometime and just happened to pick it up today as couldn't decide what genre I wanted. Shoes for Anthony is a bittersweet story told by a boy in a Welsh mining village in WWII. One minute I was laughing, the next I was crying. A fabulous tale, and a totally unexpected joy to read.

    12. a really good read. This book has,had me thinking of my grandad Thomas so much with it being set in Wales.

    13. This is a heartwarming coming-of-age story set in 1944 as WWII suddenly becomes real for a small mining village in Wales. It is a story of friendships, a story of family strife and togetherness, and a story of war. Anthony is an endearing boy in a time of innocence, where that innocence is shattered by the intrusion of war and by hardships faced by his family. There is a bit of a surprise ending, although there are clearly hints throughout the novel that provide a premonition of things to come. [...]

    14. It feels so treacherous to say I was a tad disappointed in this book.I love Emma Kennedy and rate The Tent etc as one of the funniest books I have ever read.Bits of the book enjoyableme humour,sadness,poignancy.but overall I wanted more from it.It seems that in 2018 I am getting harder to please of the downsides of reading AMAZING books is that I have higher expectations of authors.Why didn't The Dry win any prizes????

    15. Originally reviewed at Novel EscapesBoth the era and the area of Shoes for Anthony always pique my interest so I was immediately intrigued by this family story. It is funny and sweet as well as heavy and dramatic and kept me turning the pages.The author draws you in with Anthony's childish voice and the harsh reality of his life (that to him seems quite perfect). It’s so easy to forget that not so many years ago every day activities could be taxing to the point of impossible for those living i [...]

    16. Shoes for Anthony is a World War II family drama set in a close-knit community among the mountains of Wales. Anthony comes from a family of miners and hand-me-downs. He dreams of owning his own, new, fresh pair of shoes, but instead he’s stuck with a worn pair of wellingtons from an old neighbor. These shoes aren’t suited for the mountainous playground he and his boyhood friends share, but he doesn’t complain about his lot. He fully expects to join his father and brothers down in the coal [...]

    17. This book surprised me: a wartime novel—set in an impoverished community, no less—that is not the slightest bit ponderous but instead every bit a delight.Let’s start with Anthony — or Ant, and his awful, smelly wellies. I defy any reader to not want to scoop him up and adopt him for yourself. And then there’s his big sis Bethan, the sibling we all wish to be — kind and confident, yet with a tender vulnerability that renders her eminently appealing. Throughout, the writer’s vibrant [...]

    18. I believe this book would be my top pic of 2017.Anthony is 11 years old, son and brother of Welsh coal-miners, and small to boot. His family, like every other family in the village has been rationed in 1944, and the only excitement is when a German plane hits the mountain behind them carrying German soldiers and Polish prisoners of war. The only survivor is a Polish soldier, Piotr Skarbowitz, who charms Ant's entire family as his injuries heal. Ant’s relationship with the soldier makes him fee [...]

    19. Shoes for Anthony is a World War II family drama set in a close-knit community among the mountains of Wales. Anthony comes from a family of miners and hand-me-downs. He dreams of owning his own, new, fresh pair of shoes, but instead he’s stuck with a worn pair of wellingtons from an old neighbor. These shoes aren’t suited for the mountainous playground he and his boyhood friends share, but he doesn’t complain about his lot. He fully expects to join his father and brothers down in the coal [...]

    20. This is a coming-of-age story set in a small coal-mining town in Wales in 1944. The war has barely touched life there, with the exception of rationing. Everyone is hungry and Anthony, the 11-year old narrator, is down to his last pair of shorts and is forced to wear a too-large pair of Wellington boots because there are no shoes for him or money to buy a pair. Anthony's father and two older brothers are coal miners and Anthony assumes he will become a miner also. Everything changes with the arri [...]

    21. Entertaining, funny and moving.Recommended by a friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It graphically detailed life in a small mining town in Wales and the families that lived there, their sons yearning to go underground like their fathers and the high toll they paid. All changes when war comes and the Americans camp in their town and a plane carrying Germans and prisoners of war crashes on their hill. Good descriptive story of a young boy growing up much faster than he normally would.The reason wh [...]

    22. An engaging tale set in a South Wales Coal Mining community in 1944. Life changes for the villagers when a German plane crashes into their mountain. The main protagonist is Anthony who has to make do with a handed down pair of wellingtons. A survivor from the crash impacts on his life but there is a twist which I saw coming which let the book down slightly. I did like the way the author portrayed the importance of coal mining to the war effort and how the Bevan Boys were in as much danger as tho [...]

    23. A lovely novel set in a small Welsh village during the later stages of the Second World War. Kennedy's character of Anthony is a perfect way to cover the difficulties of growing up in poverty whilst contending with wider politics and relationships. A good plot and a strong sense of place and well drawn characters. Would make a great Sunday evening drama series along the same lines as Call the Midwife etc!

    24. I enjoyed this very much -- or, at least, I enjoyed the first 350 pages of it very much. In fact, the first part of the book was what I really love about good historical fiction: it takes you so deeply into another time and place that you don't even need anything to HAPPEN, you just enjoy living the everyday life of another world and time. But then, about 350 pages in, something does indeed HAPPEN -- something big -- and I have to say that this big event took away from the story for me.

    25. When I started reading, the story reminded me of the movie "how green is my valley" about a boy in a welsh miner family. Just seems to be moved forward a generation or two. Then things changed to remind me of another movie "stand by me" when group of guys go looking for a body. Then changed again to a mystery. Overall an enjoyable insight into life in a small welsh village.

    26. Shoes for Anthony gets you involved in what life was like in a Welsh pit village towards the end of world war two.once you start and get to know the characters you can't put it down you are completely drawn into the unfolding drama.An excellent read.

    27. I enjoyed this book set during WW2 in a Welsh mining village. Told lovingly with the family members, village people and the American soldiers getting ready for Normandy. Happy and sad and thoughtful.

    28. Great historical fiction, WWII a small Welsh mining towna group of young boys, a kindhearted family, welcoming small town, a war plane crash and lots of happenings. Hit all emotions, happiness, funny, sad, anger, grief, wonderful story, told with heart. Great Read!

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