Alice Griffin (Pat to those of us privileged to know her) has evoked beautifully her life as an evacuee and beyond that, her formative years as a child, young woman and mother. A child of poverty-stricken and harsh parents who lived in the grime of Deptford in London, she was sent as a five-year-old to five different homes before at last landing with a childless couple who ran a small mixed farm in South Wales. While the Welsh family she joined for six years of her life was good and caring, what struck Pat, even at this young age, was the total lack of empathy for the animals that lived and died on the farm.
This wonderful little book gives one an insight into what turned this sometimes bewildered and timid child into the formidable animal rights campaigner she subsequently became. Pat’s dedication and sheer hard work in campaigning for the rights of animals over the years has been an inspiration and Animal Aid could not have a more energetic and worthy champion.
A book with no extraneous words and no self-pity, Lost Identity is a wonderful, easy read packed with images and history from a time not so long ago, but in many ways so distant from our current age. A chance for the older among us to re-glimpse times past and recapture what it is to be a child. For the young, a fabulous piece of 1930s through 1950s history.