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The Milk Lady at New Park Farm: The Wartime Diary of Anne McEntegart June 1943 - February 1945 Paperback – 15 Jul 2011


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Regional Magazine Company (15 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907998063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907998065
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 1.2 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne's diary gives a tantalising sketch of a happy outgoing person who documented her incredibly hard physical work with a saint-like lightness of touch..... Her artisitic nature is revealed in her desciptions of nature... What a vanished world to record. Though still recent in historical terms, it represents a bygone age, and Anne's diary is a treasure as it tells it just as it was.

--The NFU's British Farmer & Grower (South-East) February 2012

Reading the book The Milk Lady at New Park Farm is like discovering some long forgotten memories of life during the Second World War. Even if you are too young to have those memories in the first place, you are vivdly transported, through the reading of this honest account of British rural life against the backdrop of war.

--The Art Observer, December 2011

It reaches a wider audience: those who are interested in the land girls and in the Second World War; those who are interested in farming; animal lovers; and those who simply enjoy a feel good story.

--The Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, October 2011

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Moorsman on 17 Sep 2011
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There are so many strands to this diary. First and foremost it's a feel-good story of the author's joy and enthusiasm in throwing herself into the hard work of old-fashioned farming and horse-drawn milk rounds, keen to support Britain's war effort. She thoroughly enjoys life alongside the Land Girls, farm hands, gypsies, and the soldiers assembling nearby for D-Day. It's full of entertaining tales - about wayward individuals amongst the ponies and cows, about Land Girls' love affairs, about rivalry between official and unofficial Land Girls. Also it gives a detailed, interesting picture of old countryside ways. And never far away is the war - the V1 air raids, breathless news of victories overseas, and friendly dealings with the Forces locally - British, Canadian and black GIs. Copious illustration includes period photos of the actual people and places in the story and a map which helps you follow the tale. Whether for a cover-to-cover read or just dipping into, this book's sheer variety will engage many people.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SJ on 12 Sep 2011
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This is a delightful book which is not just an engaging read, but also an important reminder of the values which were espoused in 1940s England. Beautifully illustrated, this diary evokes a gentler, simpler era but equally shows the determination which the author embodied in the war effort. It is a lovely read and one which I found tremendously enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Claire on 29 Aug 2011
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This is a lovely, charming book that also provides a real insight into 1940's farming! It includes diagrams, photos, and the author's own artwork, as well as hand-written notes from the time. It is full of vivid, artistic descriptions of the writer's surroundings in the New Forest through the seasons, and introduces us to a range of appealing characters. The writer's straight-forward style is both evocative and humorous, while it's tale is engaging and heart warming. You cannot help to be charmed and inspired by this diary, and it's writer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James A. Tice on 28 Feb 2012
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This was a charming little book written by the lady herself who chose to help the war effort by working on the land. Her shrewd powers of observation and her ability to write down what she has seen in ordinary people and ordinary surroundings are most commendable. A book to be enjoyed by all those who are interested in people, and especially those who lived during World War Two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Clifford Williams on 4 July 2012
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This book is wonderfully written and illustrated. It evokes a more community minded age and one when people were generally more connected to the land. The inclusion of old surviving milk doorstep notes helps to capture the period. When these notes were written and left no one would have dreamed of them being published nearly 70 years later. A book for those interested in agricultural history as well as wartime home front history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 3 Aug 2012
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"The Milk Lady at New Park Farm" gives a wonderful insight into rural wartime life in England during the Second World War. The "Milk Lady" was not a land girl but a volunteer and had to learn to fit into the life. She obviously loved what she did and the book gives a real insight into the lives of the people around her. The book is written in an amusing way and shows both empathy and sympathy as well as a great love of the countryside and the livestock. The life then seems light years from times today but the Milk Lady's insights and anecdotes make the book an "enjoyable good read", and the illuminating illustrations add greatly to the enjoyment.
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