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Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49

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In September 1939, housewife and mother Nella Last began a diary whose entries, in their regularity, length and quality, have created a record of the Second World War which is powerful, fascinating and unique. When war broke out, Nella's younger son joined the army while the rest of the family tried to adapt to civilian life. Writing each day for the "Mass Observation" project, Nella, a middle-aged housewife from the bombed town of Barrow, shows what people really felt during this time. This was the period in which she turned 50, saw her children leave home, and reviewed her life and her marriage - which she eventually compares to slavery. Her growing confidence as a result of her war work makes this a moving (though often comic) testimony, which, covering sex, death and fear of invasion, provides a new, unglamorised, female perspective on the war years.'Next to being a mother, I'd have loved to write books.' Oct 8, 1939

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Writing each day for the Mass Observation project, Nella recorded people's true feelings during wartime.

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In 1939, housewife and mother Nella Last began a diary whose entries, in their regularity, length, and quality, have created a record of WWII. This is a moving testimony, that, covering sex, death, and fear of invasion, provides a new, unglamorized female perspective on the war years.

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Richard Broad is a filmmaker. Suzie Fleming is the author of The Family Allowance Under Attack and the coauthor of The Disinherited Family.

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Cliffie H-B, August 1, 2014 (view all comments by Cliffie H-B)
This was one of the best books I read last year. Nella Last was a gifted natural writer. I accepted (after hearing it for so long) that every person in World War II Britain was brave and strong and honorable. In this book, Nella Last lets us know that just wasn't so. There were many decent people doing the right thing in very challenging circumstances. But, there were also a few mean, cheap, sneaky people taking advantage of their friends and neighbors. A real eye opener about Churchill's Britain. Read this book - it's wonderful.
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Carol Elteto, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Carol Elteto)
An excellent book about the everyday lives of ordinary people living through World War II. It's the ultimate 'reality book' that shows the evolution of a simple, British countrywoman from a quiet, depressed, semi-abused wife of a reclusive, angry, self-involved man to an animated, vibrant, interesting woman who discovers depths of strength and courage in herself and her neighbors that surfaced as the war progressed and they were all touched by tragedy. It's one of the best books I've ever read, as are the other books in the series of diaries by Nella Last.
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ISBN:
9781846680007
Author:
Last, Nella
Publisher:
Profile Books(GB)
Editor:
Broad, Richard; Fleming, Suzie
Editor:
Broad, Richard
Editor:
Fleming, Suzie
Author:
Broad, Richard
Author:
Fleming, Suzie
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 in 9.5 oz

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In 1939, housewife and mother Nella Last began a diary whose entries, in their regularity, length, and quality, have created a record of WWII. This is a moving testimony, that, covering sex, death, and fear of invasion, provides a new, unglamorized female perspective on the war years.

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