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Born in Liverpool, England in 1933 into a family of 7, Ray Evans was evacuated to the South Wales town of Llanelli at the outbreak of World War Two. He remained there until the cessation of hostilities in 1945, when he and his family were returned to Liverpool to re-build their family and their lives.
Despite his initial dislike of being in South Wales and Llanelli, he grew to love the beautiful Welsh countryside and learned firsthand of the love and genuine warmth of the Welsh people. Now feeling like a duck out of water yet again, but yearning for the gently rolling hills and green valleys of South Wales, Ray vowed he would move out of the city as soon as he possibly could.
When he left school Ray worked first at the State Restaurant in Liverpool as a cooks apprentice and then for Hanson's Dairy as a delivery man before going into the Army to complete his two years National Service as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps in Egypt.
He returned to Liverpool and in 1956 married his wife Lilian and shortly thereafter moved out of the city limits to the small village of Whiston. Lilian and Ray have one son and a daughter. In 1964 Ray started a wholesale clothing business and he and Lilian ran this enterprise together highly successfully until 1995, when they moved to the USA to be closer to their daughter and grandaughter (the inspiration for his writing the book).
Shortly after moving to the US Ray began writing the book at the suggestion of his daughter and with the encouragement of Lilian to help ensure the stories would be passed on to all of their grandchildren and generations to come.
In 2001 the family moved once more and settled in the gentle rolling hills and green fields near Williamsburg, Virginia, which with all its history and connections to England feels just like home. The first edition of Before the Last All Clear was published in 2005, with a second edition released to the American market in August 2008, being published on Kindle in 2011.
The most common question Ray was asked at book signings and events was, "what happened after the war?" That's what inspired him to write the next part of his memoir "All I Want Is A Peaceful World...and A Pork Pie!"
All I Want Is A Peaceful World...and a Pork Pie!
Building a life after the blitz.
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During World War II over three million mothers and their children were evacuated under the British Government’s “Operation Pied Piper.”
Ray Evans, age 6 at the time, was one of those children. Separated from his family and home he wasn’t able to return to Liverpool until he was 12.
Experiences like Ray’s, inevitably change and affect us, especially the very young. Many of those experiences, the horrible, sometimes hilarious and eventually happy, were shared in his previous memoir Before The Last All Clear.
All I Want is a Peaceful World...Plus a Pork Pie! Picks up Ray’s story as he returns to Liverpool, to be reunited with his parents and siblings.
Join Ray on his amazing life journey, as he struggles to make sense of the desolation he finds in war ravaged Liverpool, his years as a young adult doing his National Service in Egypt, his romance with Lilian, now his bride of 57 years, and the entrepreneurial spirit that propelled him to start his own successful business.
See how Ray’s evacuation experiences shaped his character, influenced his mindset, brought his innate sense of determination to the fore and helped him define his own future. They say hindsight is 20:20 but Ray has always chosen to focus on the future because, as he explains “That’s where we are the architects of our own lives!”
Live the roller coaster of joy, disappointment and frustration:
- As Ray returns home to Liverpool.
- As he finds himself, in a war zone again!
- As he strives to make a life better than he was born into.
- As he starts over, and over again.
- Always reaching for the light at the end of the tunnel
- his dream of “being his own boss!”
- Publication Date:
- 1493799371 / 9781493799374
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs