The Girl From Number 7, Windsor Avenue

A memoir

by Vivienne Grilliot Worthington



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/12/2023

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 298
ISBN : 9781663248763
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 298
ISBN : 9781663248787
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 298
ISBN : 9781663248770

About the Book

While growing up in a post-World War II English village, Vivienne Worthington believed she lived in the most wonderful place on Earth—on a street named for the family of the queen. She spent her days taking her dolly on a walk in her pram, marveling at the wonders of the newest invention, the icebox, and adoring her grandparents who were her primary caregivers. But when she was just six years old, Vivienne's idyllic life was uprooted when she was summoned to America to live with her parents: Robert Grilliot, an American airman, was being transferred from Patrick Air Force Base in Florida to Ball State Teacher's College in Muncie Indiana to teach ROTC, and her mother decided it was time that Vivienne join them. In a fascinating retelling of her life, Vivienne shares insight into her personal experiences as she transformed into a child of the world who resided in England, France, and America during the fifties and sixties. While detailing the traumatic death of her younger brother (Eisenhower's biggest fan), the tumultuous years encompassing both desegregation in Mississippi and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and other significant moments in her journey, Vivienne celebrates military children and families while providing a rare glimpse into a world populated by the men, women, and children who live to serve. The Girl From Number 7, Windsor Avenue is the humorous and poignant account of an English-American girl growing up as an air force brat in a post-World War II world.

About the Author

Vivienne Worthington was born at Number 7, Windsor Avenue in Flixton, Lancashire, England, and became a child of the world when her British mother married an American airman. She later married, majored in education at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), and taught school for two years before becoming a registered nurse. Vivienne and her husband, Paul, live in Gulf Hammock, Florida, with their German shepherd.