"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. "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. The five ordinary diarists are: Pam Ashford, an unmarried secretary at a large Glasgow shipping merchant; Tilly Rice, who moves her children to safety in Cornwall, but returns to her home in Surrey just as the bombs start to fall; Eileen Potter, a social worker in central London; Christopher Tomlin, a God-fearing salesman doing the rounds in Preston; and Maggie Joy Blunt, familiar to readers of "Our Hidden Lives" as an elegant and reflective writer.
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"a mesmerising read, a vivid stream of consciousness" -- Juliet, Gardiner, BBC History
"every bit as engrossing as its predecessor...Simon Garfield has edited the volume with skilful discretion" -- Sunday Times
'I love these diaries. They have the attraction of being stories, but REAL stories - Better than any novel.' Margaret Forster
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Mint condition.Ebury Press,2005.First UK edition-first printing(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1).Black hardback(gilt lettering to the spine) with Dj(two small nicks and crease on the edges of the Dj cover),both in mint condition.Illustrated inside the front and back cover,b/w photos.The book is new with a small ink mark on the outer edge of the pages.426pp including index.Price un-clipped. This is another paragraph Review: 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 n nReview nFascinating, delightful, illuminating. The diarists soon become like old friends . . . and make our wartime past seem no more distant than yesterday. Bookseller Inventory # 3099
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