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Initial post: 30 Jun 2011 19:25:26 BDT
Hiya am looking for a great read,
Am 23 i am a stay at home mum of two children my partner works all day and very late some nights, so would love a book to read once my children are in bed.
I love ww1/ww2 stories of house wifes or set in the 1930s to 1950s,
Any suggestions ..

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 22:06:32 BDT
alana
the only "ww2" novel i recall reading which was just a very good story was "the pursuit of happiness" by douglas kennedy - you may like it...
susan

Posted on 1 Jul 2011 12:39:23 BDT
Books by penny vincenzi are good. There are some "stand alone books" but there are 3 or 4 that follow on and take in the whole family saga that takes them through the world wars - can't remember the exact title but the family name is Lytton. i am sure if you look on Amazon you will find them - make sure you read them in the right order!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2011 12:42:57 BDT
Sorry -- me again - I think one of them is called "The Spoils of Time" ??

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2011 13:17:42 BDT
Furny says:
Hi
I'd like to suggest Jennifer Worth.

Posted on 2 Jul 2011 19:05:23 BDT
Julie Martin says:
Hi,
I work for Waterstone's and recently read an advanced copy of 'My Dear I Wanted To Tell You' by Louisa Young which is set in the First World War. A really touching novel and one I'd highly recommend.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2011 20:59:29 BDT
monica says:
You might like Can Any Mother Help Me? by Jenna Bailey. A woman in your situation wrote a letter to a magazine in the 30's asking if there were others in it looking for something beyond solitude & child-rearing; she & the women who replied began a secret sort of magazine between themselves and kept in touch through it for something like 50 years. I usually loathe this sort of thing, but I loved this and in fact closed it with a tear in my eye.

I've also noticed that on the first page for that book here on amazon listing, under 'what customers ultimately bought' are several other books dealing with women's domestic lives during WW II. (The Bailey is non-fiction, and am sure that the others listed are as well.) Good luck with it all . . .

Posted on 3 Jul 2011 21:24:14 BDT
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Posted on 4 Jul 2011 08:48:58 BDT
Rambler says:
How about "Atonement" by Ian McEwan? If you've not read it you're in for a treat...

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2011 20:47:49 BDT
ian says:
May I suggest this short biography, Be The Best You Can Be ( polio my constant companion )

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Posted on 5 Jul 2011 21:10:32 BDT
The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy (Burford Family Mysteries 1)

Hello Alana,

The above book is the first of three whodunnits set in the 1930s, all of which I raced through in far too little time (and I'm a slow reader!). Try also David Roberts's series about Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne, which are also whodunnits, set in the late 30s and involve real people (Churchill and Joe Kennedy, for example) in the plots.

All daft, of course, but escapist daftness and it sounds as though you might want some of that.

Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2011 21:54:18 BDT
How bout Sebastian Faulks? Excellent books! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2011 02:31:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2011 02:32:00 BDT
Are you looking for fiction or non-fiction/biography?

Here are some of my favorites in each category.
Fiction:
"The Bronze Horseman" trilogy by Paullina Simons. (takes place during and after WWII in the USSR (Leningrad), and later in America.)
"The Cement Garden" by Ian McEwan

Biography/Memoir: "Leap of Faith" by Queen Noor

Posted on 9 Jul 2011 19:21:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jul 2011 19:21:33 BDT
Lindsay says:
Have you read any of Nella Lasts books? Think the first one is 'Nella Lasts War' they are the books that 'Housewife 49' were based on, the tv programme set during WW2 with Victoria Wood. very touching.
You might also like 'future homemakers of America' it's a nice read, about American military wives living in a military base, it also has some nice recipes through the book!
And you can't go wrong with 'the last fighting tommy' about Harry Patch, it'll make you cry!! Oh, and 'winter ghosts' by Kate Mosse, best read during a frosty armistice time/ November though...

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 04:19:48 BDT
Lisa J says:
Try 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society'

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 10:12:19 BDT
P. says:
P.
A fantastic book I read a long time ago was 'House of the spirtits' Isabelle Allende, It's a big book beautifully written. Easy every day girlie reading Marian keyes is fabulous. And I agree with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, I loved it.

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 19:44:08 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2011 11:43:38 BDT
I am in exactly the same position as Alana, aged 23, 2 small children and a partner who works long hours meaning that I read ALOT and I have to say that I have read the midwife trilogy and they are fantastic books!! This is a very good recommendation!!

Posted on 19 Jul 2011 11:45:05 BDT
Also "the book thief" is a good read, set in WW2, that might be a good pick!The Book Thief

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2011 20:54:09 BDT
shell says:
this was a fantastic book , really touching and written excellently

Posted on 22 Jul 2011 13:13:42 BDT
Try anything by Justin Cartwright or Tim Parks

Posted on 22 Jul 2011 14:16:44 BDT
chrissy says:
why not try 'peripheral vision' really good book.
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