Slice of Life
The Second World War life of Geoffrey Squire, Artist, Illustrator and Author and his three daughters, Belinda, Rosaline and Jacqueline
by Geoffrey Squire
Slice of Life gives a glimpse into the life of Geoffrey Squire, Artist, Illustrator and Author, who, following the tragic death of his beloved wife Gwen, moved his three daughters, Belinda, Rosaline and Jacqueline into a rambling country house, Oaklands, throughout the turbulent years of the Second World War, safely out of reach of the bombing of their former home in Portsmouth.
Slice of Life describes these extraordinary years, as he eschews his former life as prolific Illustrator and Artist, to run a quirky and colourful refuge for his family and their eccentric guests.
Geoffrey Squire survived the First World War to become a prolific Artist, Author and Illustrator.
He exercised his fabulous draughtmanship working in many artistic fields from Advertising to the pages of Punch, through many children's books and well known children's magazines and on into the realms of fine art.
In this book he describes how, in 1939, he and his wife Gwen, fearful of the approach of war, decided to move their three daughters far from the obvious dangers of their home in Portsmouth.
On a whim they went to look at Oaklands, a large country house just outside Portsmouth, in Waterlooville.
"...if only the girls could grow up in a place like this, it would be marvellous", said Gwen, little knowing what sad twist of fate the next few days would bring...