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Accessible account of the Home Front
on 14 September 2010
This was a fascinating read which kept me engaged all the way through. It was an objective and very accessible account of the Home Front interspersing letters, first hand accounts, diaries and official documents with the narrative to provide a very human description of a time that is fast passing out of living memory.
I agree that some of the source material is recognisable and has been used for other books but this is inevitable. I would disagree that it is the same as the Norman Longmate's How We Lived Then and would say it complements rather than copies it. Gardiner has access to material Longmate clearly didn't. I was particularly impressed by the chapter on conscientious objectors where not all of them were shown in a favourable light which gave me a different perspective on the subject.