Nella Last's Peace: The Post-War Diaries Of Housewife 49

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Profile Books, Sep 3, 2010 - History - 288 pages
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Outwardly Nella's life was probably seen as ordinary; but behind this mask were a lively mind and a persistent pen - a pen that never gave up over almost three decades, reporting, describing, pondering, and disclosing. Nella, 55 when the war ends, writes of what ordinary people felt during those years of privation, hope and the re-building of Britain, providing a moving and inspiring account of the years that shaped the society we live in today. Her diary offers a detailed, moving and humorous narrative of the changing experiences of ordinary people at this time, and thoughts on the aftermath of war and whether 'peace' really meant peace, for everyone.
 

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User Review  - Oreillynsf - LibraryThing

Nella's second diary installment is just as rich as the first. Early on in the book you realize that you are going to meet a "different/changed" woman, and the Nella that is revealed in these edited ... Read full review

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User Review  - etxgardener - LibraryThing

Everyone knows about the courage of the British people during World War II, but many are ignorant of the fact that wartime sacrifices extended for years after the end of the war. Britain, essentially ... Read full review

Contents

October 1945January 1946
32
JanuaryMay 1946
65
JuneSeptember 1946
96
October 1946April 1947
124
AprilOctober 1947
154
OctoberDecember 1947
185
JanuaryJune 1948
216
JuneDecember 1948 251 Afterword
287
Mass Observation
302
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Patricia and Robert Malcolmson are social historians with a special interest in Mass Observation. They have edited several MO Diaries, including Nella Last's Peace (2008) and Nella Last in the 1950s (2010), and are currently writing a social history of the wartime Women's Voluntary Services. They live in Nelson, British Columbia.

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