Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45 Paperback – 22 Sep 1999
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'Still vibrant and helpful today...a poignant, honest, frightening, yet heartwarming record of one articulate woman's coping with war.' -- The Tallahassee Democrat Review September 2001
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Vere Hodgson is an interesting diarist and I think this book will stand the test of time as a true account of the war. I would probably have liked a little more depth to the people she wrote about, but apart from that I think this book was a good read. She wrote the diary initially to send to her cousin, who had moved to Rhodesia, but I think that by the end a number of people overseas were reading it.
Several things really struck me, such as the constant, night after night, raids during 1940. I wonder how Vere would have felt writing about it if she had known the war would go on for another five years. Also the rationing and the difficulty in getting hold of fruit. When it was available it was often extortionately priced. And simple things like trying to buy sheets was virtually impossible. I could go on, but basically the diary was an eye-opener in that although I knew about these things, actually reading them from the point of view of somebody who was there really brought it home.
I enjoy reading books set during and between the wars and this was a hit.
Go, buy, enjoy.
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Love these sort of books ( and mass observation diarists ) Vere seemed such a brick, I liked her very much by the endPublished 6 months ago by Readitmakesyouhappy
ONE WORD FANTASTIC really really good would read more than once to get a real feel of the bookPublished 14 months ago by jennie taylor
This is a very good account of what it was really like to live in London during wartime. It is very detailed.Published on 2 April 2014 by TW
I am very happy with this purchase, it was packaged perfectly and came in good time. Very happy indeed. Many thanks.Published on 13 Mar. 2013 by Elizabeth
The best evocation of life in London during the second world war that I've ever read. I want to buy copies for my friends.Published on 20 Oct. 2012 by Morning Star
Vere Hodgson's diaries give a vivid picture of life in wartime London as seen through the eyes of a middle class lady with a keen interest in life and all that was going on around... Read morePublished on 23 April 2012 by mikeatwrykyn