Set just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Battling Spirits and Kindly Hearts follows the story of twelve-year-old Michael Forbes. He lives in the East End of London with his parents.
Coming from a family that has lived in poverty, holidays were always an important time to celebrate for Michael’s family. However, little did they know that the annual hop picking season event they attended in Kent would be the last time they celebrated together as a family….
When war breaks out, Michael is evacuated to Australia to live with his aunt. The novel follows Michael as he adapts to life and misses those that he has left behind.