Among You Taking Notes: The Wartime Diary of Naomi Mitchison, 1939-1945

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Phoenix, 2000 - History - 352 pages
From 1 September 1939, when Hitler invaded Poland, to 10 August 1945, when the Americans dropped the second Atomic Bomb, Naomi Mitchison kept a diary at the request of the social research organisation, Mass-Observation. But what she wrote developed far beyond the limits of a social document. Naomi's life during wartime, spent in the fishing village of Carradale on Kintyre, was crowded with incident, and her attitudes to events were always forceful, original, and honest. She records her thoughts as a poet, novelist, and left-wing political writer; as a hater of war who believed that the war must nevertheless be fought; as a working farmer, driving tractors and hoeing turnips; and, not least, as a wife, mother, and friend, coping with her husband's enforced absence in London and her children's departure for schools and the services, and running a houseful of evacuees, Allied ex-POWs, and villagers. Above all, she writes as a woman of striking individuality and intelligence, acknowledging the particular problems of being female during the confusion and uncertainty of the war years.

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Writer of Novels, Short Stories, Children's fiction, Plays, Screenplays, History, Children's non-fiction, Poetry. Born 1897, Scotland. An author whose works span seven decades, Naomi Mitchison originally wanted to be a scientist. An incomplete education made her turn to writing. Served as a volunteer nurse during WW I. She helped establish the first birth control clinics in London, and became involved in political action with the counter-revolution in Austria in 1934 and with sharecroppers in Arkansas in 1935. She travelled to the Soviet Union in 1932 and 1952. Active in Scottish politics.

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