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How Britain Kept Calm and Carried On: Real-life stories from the Home Front [Hardcover]

Anton Rippon
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8 May 2014

The British are well known for their unique sense of humour - for the ability to see the funny side even in the most dire situation - and it was that humour that helped the nation through the dark days of the Second World War. In this heartwarming, often amusing and sometimes heartbreakingly sad book, Anton Rippon has gathered together stories from people all over the country that reveal the strange, incredible and downright funny things that happened to them between 1939 and 1945.

From the Blitz to the Home Guard, blackouts to unexploded bombs, service life at home and abroad, there are stories here from all walks of life and from men, women and children of the time. Their first-person stories stand testament to that indomitable spirit that 'kept us calm and carrying on' through those darkest days.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178243190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782431909
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anton Rippon was born in Derby during the Second World War and grew up there.
He has spent almost all his working life in the newspaper and publishing industry, including 10 years with the Derby Evening Telegraph and a spell with the Nottingham Evening Post.
He is the author of 30 books on sport and military history but also including an including an autobiographical memoir, A Derby Boy, which was published in 2007.
His work has appeared in a wide range of national newspapers and magazines and he has written radio documentaries for the BBC.
He currently contributes features on international sport to the US-based website Sports Business Research Network (
In 1982, he founded Breedon Books, the sports and history publisher that he sold in 2003 to resume writing full-time.
In 1993, the Derby County Former Professional Players' Association elected him an honorary member.
He is also a member of the Sports Journalists' Association, the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the International Society of Olympic Historians and the Football Writers' Association.
His book, Gunter Plüschow: Airman, Escaper, Explorer, was published by Pen & Sword in November 2009.
A Derby View: The Best Of Anton Rippon, a collection of his weekly Derby Telegraph columns, was published by Wharncliffe in October 2010.

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Another outstanding piece of social history... at once sentimental, funny, and also sad, an account of how, with minimum amount of fuss while everything around them was in chaos, a generation somehow managed to overcome huge adversity (Sports Journalists' Association)

A collection of real life stories from the Home Front (Tribune)

Stories here from all walks of life... their undiluted first-person stories stand testament to the events of the Second World War (Britain at War)

Entertaining anecdotes from life on the Home Front (Evergreen magazine)

A fascinating account of what it means to suffer through a war... beautifully put together and is a terrific tribute to all those who kept calm and carried on (The Bookbag)

Recounts the memories of real people living through extraordinary times (Derby Telegraph)

A fascinating tribute to a generation's dogged determination and bulldog spirit (Lancaster Guardian)

About the Author

Anton Rippon was born in the Midlands during the Second World War. Anton has worked as a newspaper journalist and feature writer - his work has appeared in The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph and FourFourTwo - and he is the author of some 30 books. Other recent books of Anton's include Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Football (David & Charles, 2012), Gunther Pluschow: Airman, Escaper and Explorer (Pen & Sword Military, 2009) and Gas Masks for Goal Posts: Football in Britain during the Second World War (The History Press, 2007). For over 20 years he was a publisher with Breedon Books, the sports and history book publishing company he founded in 1982 and ran until he sold it in 2003 in order to resume his own writing career. Anton is a member of the Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain, the Football Writers' Association, and the International Society of Olympic Historians.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 8 Jun 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You could sit and read for a while or just dib into a few stories at a time. A good mix of humour, nostalgia and pathos.

Anybody who lived through the war would find it triggered memories but for those younger folk it is an insight into life at the time.
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