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These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945 Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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I grew to love every single detail. This is what it really must have been like to live through the war in Derbyshire on a teacher's salary with no car. I was fascinated (Ysenda Maxtone Graham Spectator)
May Smith is simply a joy, a bright spark in dark times (Iain Finlayson The Times)
Well written, witty and absorbing, Smith's chronicles give us an insight into the life and impact of the war in a small English village (Nilima Marshall Yorkshire Evening Post) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
'The People's War' comes to life in this wonderful diary of life on the Home Front during World War TwoSee all Product description
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The war is there of course, on every page, but the diarists preoccupations are less wordly; finding the right coat, going to the cinema, the size of bus queues, scarcity of chocolate and stockings are themes which arise again and again.
The virtues and shortcomings her family, friends, colleagues and suitors both current and ex take up a lot of space and are a joy to read.
Like or loathe her May Smith is very readable and I am so pleased that her diaries are available - I loved her!
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