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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Edited by her son (for whom I thank profusely for making these wonderfully entertaining, witty and fascinating diaries available) May's story begins in December 1938 and ends in 1945. May was a teacher during a time when her class size grew and grew - although miserably her holidays were shortened. She copes with evacuees and often a class twice the size of our national average. Her sarcastic wit (school is described as a "loathesome place") does not allow for too much sentimentality; but it is fair to say that teaching has its plus points if she is threatened with Fire Watching or Munitions work. May often uses capital letters to emphasise words and this works very well, somehow giving May a voice within the text.
Much of her entries relate to the two current men in her life - plus the clergyman who jilted her in the mid 1930's. The two beau's in question are 'Dougie Dear', who lives a fair distance away (you feel thankfully for May!) but provides fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs at intervals throughout the book. There is also the 'Faithful' (sometimes 'Faithless'!Read more ›
What came across to me was just how resigned people got to the war which is sad in itself .
It has made me very interested in May and her family though . I'd love to know about her marriage to Frederick and I really hope she found true happiness .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really disliked May.Felt her self absorbed and really only interested in shopping for coats and dresses. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. Pdn Jackson
Again, another person who feels quite ambivalent re this book. I did enjoy the foregrounding of domestic detail, also the hats and dresses, the sirens going off and the wartime... Read morePublished 8 months ago by DrLee
Loved it. Am an inveterate diary reader and may was a charming diarist. Found myself wondering what happened to many of the people mentioned. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Readitmakesyouhappy
expect to be informed - mother was there too in the same town at the same timePublished 9 months ago by liza
I adore these wartime diaries. This one has been especially entertaining, May Smith is a teacher who seems to dislike the profession and her charges and this alone is fun to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Bear
Whilst I always enjoy real social commentary on World War II, and I did enjoy reading this book, I'm afraid I didn't take to May at all, although I do respect her honesty and the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by K. Pipkin