A fascinating book. Recommended.,
This review is from: Love and War in London: The Mass Observation Wartime Diary of Olivia Cockett (Paperback)I did not really agree with the last review (Elle) and agreed with C A Hill so I will not add much to that review.
Olivia Cockett comes across as a literate, often deep and serious thinking woman (witness her choice of reading matter) caught up in war. Not the archetypal Londoner in blitzed docklands but then she was a commuter with many fellow train travellers from the fringes and suburbs who also had to live under the rain of German bombs and rockets.
I imagine she had no contemplation that her words might be seen more widely - she is frank and 'liberated'(for want of a better (modern) word.
The author fills in gaps neatly and often with interesting factual information but without destroying the immediacy of the diary style and covers her (quite surprising) later life towards the end.