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Yesterday's Child

Yesterday's Child

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Keypoints: Memoir about growing up in Inverness in the 1920s and 30s and of serving with the ATS in the War Office in London from 1940 – 1945.

Categories: Memoir, Wartime, Culture, History, Literature

Readership: General

About the author: Christina J. Morrison, the middle child in a family of ten, was brought up in Innes Street, Inverness, in the 1930s. She joined the ATS in 1939 and when war broke out was posted to London, where she worked in Code and Cipher at the War Office. Sadly Christina died in January 2016 at the age of 96, just before this book was published. Christina was a determined, courageous lady with a great love of life and a talented writer who was very much looking forward to seeing her first book in print.

Contents: Christina began her working life at the Town Clerk’s office in Inverness. She was involved in the very early days of the Highlands’ Tourist Board and worked for the Fitness Council in the nascent Outward Bound Movement led by its famous founder Kurt Hahn. Christina joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service just before the outbreak of World War II. Once war was declared, Christina was instructed to go to London, where she discovered that she would be working for Intelligence Services at Whitehall, decoding top secret messages for the government. Christina’s memory of the details of some of this work is extraordinary. Many of the messages she decoded related to events which, in hindsight, proved to be of great historical significance. Christina’s tales of her adventures in wartime London (including meeting Winston Churchill in his pyjamas!) are a fascinating first-hand account of a by-gone era, retold with modesty and humour.

Published: 2016

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