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From Churchill's War Rooms: Letters of a Secretary 1943-45
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The war years 1943-1945 are uniquely portrayed through the eyes of a young civilian secretary in the Cabinet War Rooms.It is also a love story. It is a fascinating and remarkable book.

Joanna Moody pulls the story together in Part I,the years from Olive Christopher's birth in 1915 to 1943. The letters between Olive and her fiance, Neil Margerison, form much of Part II. They are apart for most of the two years following their engagement.The letters reveal their developing love and dependence.

In her infectious and excited letters, mostly to Neil, we learn about some of the most important event of those war years. And more human insights:Olive's amazement with her travels to exotic countries; the joy of being able to buy nylons and underwear in New York; the pride in Churchill's rapturous welcome everywhere, and the thrill of the British victory parade in Berlin in July 1945. The account of the parade is counterbalanced by a sobering description of devastation and starvation among Berliners.

This is an extraordinary collection of Olive Christopher's observation and participation in these important years and has the added bonus of quirky and human detail not recorded elsewhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating account of an ordinary young woman working in an extraordinary job. There's so much social (and, in the background, world) history recorded in the letters between Olive and Neil - the remarkable thing is that the letters were simply the regular correspondence between 2 people who happened to be involved in, and separated by, the Second World War. Olive's delight in the travel, clothes and social events afforded by her job is the delight of a typical young woman, yet her cheerful, chatty accounts to Neil and others reveal that she is clearly aware of the significance of the events in which she is involved (but unable to document at the time.) A very human story and highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2007
This is a gripping story - the life and love of a secretary from Churchill's inner circle told in letters. The tension mounts, and they are superbly set against the backdrop of the momentous events of the turbulent years in the Cabinet War Rooms. A compulsive read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2007
Joanna Moody provides the reader with a fresh, intimate and moving account of a young woman's unique experience at the heartbeat of some of the monumental decisions that would shape British history. A thorough and insightful narrative of the latter Second World War years recounted through the letters and memories of a vivacious, intelligent and immensely endearing Olive Christopher. I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2007
Joanna Moody very effectively weaves an informative and complementary commentary to letters to and from Olive Christopher. Here is the Churchill 1943-1945 story from a fresh perspective. The letters and commentary enable the reader to step back in time. An amusing, emotional and rewarding book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2006
Alongside the insights into the Cabinet War Rooms, the people in power, and the times, it is the quality of the loving letters between Olive and Neil - kept apart through those war years - that bring this well researched book to life.
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on 7 December 2014
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2008
she used the name churchill to sell her book almost no mention of him in this
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