When VE Day was announced in 1945, twenty-one year old Joy Trott was halfway across the Atlantic Ocean with a newborn daughter who had yet to meet her father. Armed with a trunk and a pram, Joyce embarked on a new life alongside her Canadian husband.
In her memoirs, Trott recounts her early childhood in Depression-era Great Britain and the death of her parents, her life as a teenaged volunteer in the Auxiliary Territorial Service of the British Army, and her immigration to Canada as a young war bride. Interwoven into this personal narrative are anecdotes and reflections on class, race, sexuality, and war.
O! Call Back Yesterday is a unique blend of autobiography and social commentary told with humour and sincerity. This book provides insight into the lives of women in the early twentieth century and will appeal to those interested in women’s studies and social history.
WLU Press & Laurier Archives
memoirs, autobiography, social history, war bride
Trott, Joy, "O! Call Back Yesterday" (2012). Books. 1.