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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, 16 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: My War Diary 1914-1918 (Hardcover)
This book is in two parts - the first is a colour copy of E M Bilbrough's handwritten diary-come-scrapbook that she kept during the First World War, and the second part is the typewritten transcription of that diary.

Personally I find reading the author's own handwriting has more of an immediacy about it, - it's almost like reading someone's hand-written letter addressed to you, the reader, but if you prefer you can skip the first part and go on to read the type-set text.

A little bit about the author: Mrs Ethel Bilbrough is from a relatively well-off background, having married Mr Bilbrough, who works as a banker in London. She writes letters to the newspapers at the time, and she is fiercely patriotic, as perhaps a lot of people were back then. So this is not a diary of a working class woman, but of an educated middle-or perhaps upper-middle class lady. Things like rationing and food shopping, and day to day practicalities like that are not really commented on much, if at all.

It is an interesting book to read if you are interested in the social history of that time period. She provides the reader with a snapshot into the life of someone living at that time.
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