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This review is from: These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945 (Hardcover)
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which is a snapshot of day to day life in a small town in the Midlands during WWII through the eyes of a young primary school teacher. The style of writing is very entertaining, I found some laugh out loud moments which I think many female readers would enjoy, and how even though there is a war on she seems to find more importance in things that matter to a woman in her twenties, clothes, money, hairstyles, boyfriends etc. Also of interest are the effects that the threat of bombing has on her activities during the course of the war, and still living at home with her parents she does not complain too much about the hardships of rationing, except when clothing becomes rationed. It was also interesting to learn how life was before the days of television and how she amused herself in the evenings.
I found it difficult to put the book down, but one that you can either read through from cover to cover or just dip into at random. I must confess I am somewhat biased in that I have lived in the area for many years so mention of some of the places which were once familiar, i.e. shops, cinemas etc that no longer exist, added extra appeal, but feel that this book would be just as entertaining to a wider audience.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013 20:30:18 BDT
I also just loved May Smiths diary - I think being a local helps as you can imagine how close to May's home the bombs fell and yet she was so cool and collected. She enjoys life to the full and didn't let the doom and gloom get in her way. Such a shame some of the places are no longer there today so we can go and have a look at them.
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