Award of Excellence – Just a Larger Family: Letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian Home Front, 1940-1944
Editors: Mary F. Williamson & Tom Sharp
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Just a Larger Family provides a very personal look at life in Toronto during the Second World War. At risk in England, three boys were sent to Toronto by their mother, Margaret Sharp, to live with her cousin, Marie Williamson. The story of this expanded Toronto family is told through the letters Marie wrote to Margaret, trying to ease her pain at being separated from her sons. Edited by Marie’s daughter and one of the boys, the letters reflect the lives and concerns of a Toronto family as well as reveal a portrait of the city during wartime.
Jurors found this book a wonderfully engaging and informative glimpse – through four British boys and their caregivers – into the daily lives of Torontonians during the tenuous years of the Second World War.