Review: Intermission: A Place in Time by Glenda Lee Vollmecke

Posted: November 13, 2013 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author:  Glenda Lee Vollmecke

Paperback, 192 pages

Published in 2013 by Outskirts Press

Reader Category:  Adult

Synopsis:  Intermission A Place in Time… Enjoy this riveting autobiography filled with typical British humor and occasional suspense! This electrifying book offers a journey of continual spellbinding and brilliant stories, some of historic significance. Who would have thought that a young girl like Glen born in the aftermath of WWII, whose family lived on a fixed income would be present at Rock-n-Roll’s most memorable events when the Beatles took Liverpool and the world, by storm. Glen who at seven years old lost her adored father, and adapted to boarders taken in to help with the bills. Subsequently, she endured the selfish antics of her stepfather who even tried to dispatch her to Scotland at the age of eight, by placing her on the wrong train. Amazing vivid descriptions of this era, her associations with the Beatles and other Liverpool musicians bring to life an incredible period. The Liverpool lads knew she was there, and during their initial appearances, she recalls fond memories of her favorite Beatle Ringo, who was quite a clown. She shares her life from age six until sixteen, and it is an overwhelming journey. You will not put this book down! Take a break, and enjoy this ‘place in time’ and feel the ambiance, familiarity, and awareness of the past.

My Review:  This book was a joy to read.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, as some autobiographies can tend to read like disjointed journals (a little choppy with awkward dialogue).  But this book really came to life.  I was drawn in and could picture myself actually having a conversation with the author.  Perhaps over tea with a little cognac?

What drew me to this book was that it would give me some insight into the Beatles’ start, but what kept me reading was the writing itself.  Ms. Vollmecke’s recollections give you a good glimpse of her past while teaching a little about post WWII life.  Offering not too much detail, but not too little either.  Her writing style is so lively, infusing her British humor with even the most serious of events.

Did I say this was a joy to read?


  1. Deanna, I’m very grateful for your fabulous review.
    Glen Vollmecke

  2. toni d. says:

    Great job on the review Deanna 🙂 I’m more of a Stones girl myself, but this autobiography sounds pretty cool and well-balanced. You’ve made a good point with regards to details, after thinking about it I think some autobiographies I’ve read were either too detail-focused, or not detailed enough that you couldn’t really imagine what it was like in that period.

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