We Are At War: The Remarkable Diaries of Five Ordinary People

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We Are At War continues Simon Garfield's successful formula of interweaving five ordinary lives from the Mass-Observation archive begun with Our Hidden Lives. Of all the accounts written about the Second World War, none are more compelling than the personal diaries composed by those who lived through it. Beginning in the weeks before the war, and ending a year later with the Battle of Britain, the book will tell the story of the "phoney war" on the home front.

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Simon Garfield is an award-winning feature writer on the Observer and author of two previous books of oral history, both highly acclaimed. His study of Aids in Britain, The End of Innocence, was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and the bestselling Mauve was described by the Daily Telegraph as 'a book about science which also happens to be a miniature work of art'. His most recent work, The Last Journey of William Huskisson, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week.

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"'Snowdrops have been in flower for weeks. Violets are still waiting to bloom. Broad beans are showing their heads perkily. But I forget. We are at war. The boys in the village are leaving one by one.' Maggie Joy Blunt; 'A lovely book. It will appeal to anyone who appreciates the richness and diversity of human experience' - Tony Benn; 'I haven't read a more engrossing book in years' - John Carey, Sunday Times; 'a quite magical store of voices from another age' - Observer; 'These are invaluable records of quiet lives, sometimes despairing, often moving, occasionally bitter, frequently prescient. Occasionally they are just plain funny' - Sunday Telegraph; 'richly textured diaries... what really makes the book is the fresh light it sheds on the immediate post-war years... it is history from the other end of the telescope - what life was like on the ground' - Financial Times; 'For me the year's most compulsively readable book, a rich trove of entertainment and instruction... As five diarists candidly record their post-war experiences and reactions, social history vividly unrolls and personalities fascinatingly unfurl' - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times"

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