Joyce Lovely will speak at Rockport Public Library about growing up during World War II in Liverpool, England, amid air raids, bombs and gasmasks, as well as during the postwar years. She has written about these experiences in her book, "Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God."

Lovely's talk takes place Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 485 Commercial St.

She tells of life during the war from her perspective as a child, allowing the grown-ups to worry about battles, rations and lack of necessities.

Postwar Britain continued to be difficult, with rationing extending until 1953, the year Queen Elizabeth was crowned. Lovely's book takes her reader into the life of a teenager in the '50s, when girls had strict mores to follow, but still had fun, and into her two working years in London.

The book concludes with her marriage to a minister and their first three years of living in the far-flung Shetland Islands. Here she shares how she rebelled against the island expectations of "yon minister’s wife" as well as unusual accounts of village life, often with hilarious results.

Lovely will touch on highlights of the book, as well as telling a few other stories of wartime England not included in her book. Questions will be welcomed.