“Barley, Bombs and Bagels” by Myrtle Russell

In 2017, at the age of 91, Myrtle Russell’s book Barley, Bombs and Bagels was published by Chaville Press. Myrtle, a client with Age UK Barnet, received computer lessons from seventeen-year-old voluntary befriender Noah, which enabled her to write the book. As a memoir of a former land girl during World War Two, Barley, Bombs and Bagels, gives a key insight into life in London during the wartime.

We’re lucky enough to have the chance to hear from three people who were involved in the production of Barley, Bombs and Bagels: Keith Martin, founder of Chaville Press; Sian Jones, Befriending Manager at Age UK Barnet; and Myrtle Russell’s daughter Sheila Gewolb, whose thoughts act as the book’s foreword.

Escape Bank Holiday Boredom With a Great Book

Britain has been experiencing weather conditions typical for this time of year… rain. So this May bank holiday, rather than doing battle with the elements, put the kettle on and curl up with a good book. I recommend ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson. It is the story of Alan Karlsson, a centenarian, who decides on his one-hundredth birthday to abscond from his care home and see where life takes him. The tale describes historical events throughout Alan’s eventful century of life. There are mentions of the cold war, communism and the atom bomb. […]