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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Back Home, written and read by Michelle Magorian.

Back Home tells the story of Rusty, returning to England after being evacuated to America for five years in the Second World War.

After five happy years in America, Rusty must return to England: the place she used to call home.

But it doesn't fell like home. Rusty's mother is like a stranger, her little brother doesn't know her, and why does the food taste so bad? Rusty just can't get used to the rigid rules and rationing and her strict new boarding school. 

Lonely and homesick, Rusty makes friends with Lance, another returned evacuee, and her indomitable spirit leads her into a dramatic and devastating rebellion....

©1985 Michelle Magorian (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • 03-29-22

It is an irritatingly sad and mysterious book.

It is an irritatingly sad and mysterious book but really interesting. It is a confusing style and It’s not one which would be expected for a lot of people and that is easy to tell. This author has written brilliant books and could still have more to come.

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  • 08-10-21

Loved it

I first read this twenty years ago as a teenager. I enjoyed it just as much the second time round; a wonderful, moving story, beautifully read.

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  • darren pettinger
  • 08-06-21

Great story... feel good

Great story really enjoyed reading it and just as good listening to it, feel good book.

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  • 01-09-21

Lovely listen

My 8 year old son and I both enjoyed listening to this book over the Christmas holidays. Its a long listen, but my son went straight back to the beginning and listened again. Rusty arrives back in England after spending the war in America. After the relative freedom, warmth, informality and plenty of America, she returns to an emotionally muted welcome from her mother and the stuffiness of upper middle class England.