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A fascinating and remarkable book
on 15 January 2007
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.