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Among You Taking Notes...: The Wartime Diary of Naomi Mitchison, 1939-1945 Paperback – 17 Aug 2000

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (17 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184212093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842120934
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Naomi Mitchison¿s diaries of the war years (1939-1945) are warm, moving and, as one would expect, strikingly individual.

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“As in a good novel, the people, their feelings and reactions are instantly recognisable and as fresh and immediate today as they were then” Emma Tennant, Guardian

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A different kind of war diary to the normal.

This is not so much day to day existence such as those by Nella Last, Constance Miles etc - but a very politicised view of the war.

A devout Communist and Scottish Nationalist - but of great lineage and affluence, Mitchison spends her time trying to convert others to her causes, tries too hard to be "one of the people" whilst all the while relishing her "lairdship". I gave up in sight of the end as it had become too banal for words. This is not a book about privations - but there is an awful lot of her own selfishness that comes out. For example a late miscarriage leaves her depressed as she will now have to get involved in the war, a bad mood sees her going out and shooting songbirds.

If you are interested in the political aspects - you will find it fascinating I am sure - but that's not my interest in these books.

In the introduction, she herself says in later years that she looks back and doesn't like the woman she was.

I wholeheartedly agree!
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