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The Female Writer's Apology; Or, Then and Now

Welcome to the SilverWood Books Blog Hop! A few of our authors have come together to share a variety of articles and items of interest on their blogs for your enjoyment. There are some lovely giveaway prizes, and – to stay in keeping with the Spring and rebirth theme at this time of year – some colourful Easter eggs. Feel free to collect the eggs, and use them where you like. They were drawn by SilverWood author Peter St John who writes the ‘Gang’ series about a boy who was evacuated to a village near Ipswich during WWII. Meet Peter and his characters on the Blog Hop, along with a host of eggcellent SilverWood authors.  To find their blogs follow the links at the bottom of the page. (Links will be live from 17 April 2014.) Have fun! Helen Hart Publishing Director, SilverWood Books www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk  And here is my blog... The Female Writer's Apology; Or, Then and Now In my eighteenth

2nd Lt John Alfred Raymond Andrews

Phyllis of the Die-Hards I recently bought on eBay a First World War postcard: Phyllis of the Die-Hards . My interest in the card is in the image, which is one of many representations of women at work during the war. The card was posted in West Ealing, London on 1 October 1917, with the following message:    “Est-ce que tu me reconnaisse? Nous sommes tres saufes apr├Ęs les visites d’airoplanes. Avec beaucoup amour. P[signature illegible – could it be Phyllis?]”    It was addressed to “2 nd Lieut J A R Andrews, 6 th Lincolnshire Regt, BEF, France”.    I was intrigued by the message and the fact that it had been sent to a soldier. It also seemed to me that it provided a lot of information, and that although Andrews is not an uncommon surname, the initials “J A R” are. Not really expecting much to come of it, I did a Google search. To my astonishment, I came upon an entry about 2 nd Lieut Andrews of the 6 th Lincolnshire at www.findagrave.com , from which I discove