Six Spoons of Sugar is an evacuee book with a difference. Richard is seven when his Father – in the Overseas Branch of the Midland Bank in the City of London – sees war coming and bundles him, his Mother and sister off to the safety of the country just days before Hitler marches on Poland.

Father joins the family and buys a rambling old house but it turns out to be be-devilled with strange noises and when Richard’s Dad is arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi spy, events take a nosedive.

Gran is killed in the Blitz in London and then Richard and his Mother are caught in a bombing raid on a rare shopping trip to Reading.

Six Spoons is a charming and amusing account of life in World War ll as seen through the eyes of Richard and this is set against the cold, hard facts of war as the little boy builds his daily scrapbook of events...

The book came second twice in the Lifewriting competition sponsored by the Queen's English Society at the Winchester Writers' Conference.

It is the evacuee book to read!


Click here to read an extract from Six Spoons of Sugar.



“Hello Mr Holdsworth

I was the delighted recipient of your book for Christmas, a present from my wife – she bought it from you personally earlier year this at the Chapel Brampton 1940’s event, you even signed it for her. I have just finished the last page and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. My Father was also an evacuee – from the East End of London to a small village in Northamptonshire called Byfield. He lived the rest of his life there when his parents moved there also later in the war. It was so nice to read a book written through the eyes of a young lad in a similar position to my Dad and his two brothers and sisters. They certainly caused a stir in the village when they arrived according to the stories I heard.

Also I have one little question – it was left a mystery in the book as to the connection between your Father’s handwriting and the notes you saw in the attic – did you ever tell your Father that you had seen the notes there?

Anyway, many thanks for a wonderful book. Happy New Year and hope to see you at one of the events next year.

Andrew Henning”