A Surrey Childhood

Surrey-childhood-coverMuriel Neal (née Hunt) was born in 1930 and descriptions of her childhood give a vivid account of a time when the pace of life was rather slower than at the start of the 21st century, and at the same time her young teens were strongly influenced by World War II.

Muriel grew up mainly in Caterham, but spent time at South Godstone and Hindhead. Her family lived in Bletchingley for a year during the war.

She describes her family and friends, their neighbours and their surroundings. Her schooldays come alive as do family visits, the excitement of summer seaside holidays, a long stay at Wanstrow in Somerset and her first job at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Her remarkable memory of the world around her when she was young gives an entertaining insight into childhood with which many of her generation will readily identify.

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