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  • Meaningful & Engrossing!

    This is such an interesting read; it shows the realities of war for those on the home front with the removal of any rose-tinted spectacles! During the second world war, a cross-section of the British people kept diaries of how it affected them personally - their thoughts and opinions as part of what was referred to as Mass Observation. Now author Becky Brown has accessed these, taking excerpts from many different diaries and creating this mesmerising book. I don't often read non-fiction but I have a real interest in domestic fiction during WWII so this one really appealed to me. The ideal which is trotted out publicly is that 'we were all in it together' - but were we? Did rationing ensure that the poor got equal food to the more well-off? How did the woman in the street cope with the daily hardships foisted upon her? These are personal thoughts of many members of the public and it's full of revelations. Organised chronologically, these comments take us right through from just before war was declared to just after peace was announced. Gripping reading, and it's certainly taken the shine off a lot of the propaganda for me. Informative, meaningful, and one which kept me engrossed until the final page. Recommended to everyone who is fascinated by WWII, and well worth four stars.

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