My girl Shirley in Wave Me Goodbye writes to her Mum. It’s the start of the Second World War and Shirley has been evacuated to safety in the country. Imagine how you’d feel if your Mum woke you up one morning and told you that you were being sent off with your school to the country to stay with total strangers!
This really happened to hundreds and thousands of children living in big cities in Britain during the last war. Many were very homesick and badly wanted to get in touch with their families. There were no mobile phones then, no tablets, no computers. Letters were the only method of communication, though you could send a telegram in an emergency.
You might find an old trunkful of letters in an attic now, bringing back all kinds of memories. That’s the really good thing about letters. They can be saved, sometimes for hundreds of years. You can’t do that with emails or text messages. I think letters are still a very important and special personal way of keeping in touch with people you love. Here are my top five tips on writing a letter.