Keep Smiling Through
Dame Vera Lynn and Virginia Lewis-Jones

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Narrated By: Anne Dover, David Thorpe

Duration: 6 hours and 50 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Keep Smiling Through by Dame Vera Lynn, read by Anne Dover and David Thorpe.

In the year of her 100th birthday, Dame Vera Lynn's fascinating and life-affirming wartime memoir from the forces' sweetheart's of her adventures entertaining the troops in far-flung Burma.

'I was just twenty-seven years old when I went to Burma. It was an experience that changed my life for ever. Up until that time I had not really travelled anywhere at all, apart from one touring visit to Holland with a band I was singing with before the war, and I had certainly never been in an aeroplane. But I wanted to make a difference, to do my bit.'

And she did.

Written with her daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones this is a powerful and life-affirming account of the time she spent with troops in wartime Burma. Based, in part on a diary she kept, alongside unpublished personal letters and photographs from surviving veterans and their families, it explores why it was such a life-defining event for her and shows how her presence helped the soldiers, airmen and others who heard her sing.

Genre

Memoirs, Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Social & cultural history

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