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Tommy’s War: A First World War Diary 1913–1918 Paperback – 28 May 2009
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‘Beautifully reproduced diaries.’ Independent on Sunday (Book of the Year)
‘Amusing and beautifully illustrated…with an eye for detail…TOMMY'S WAR…provides the missing piece of the wartime jigsaw – a detailed description of the tender, comforting ordinariness of everyday life that so many brave men gave their lives to preserve.’ Daily Mail
‘Do try and purchase “Tommy’s War”, a book of the recently found diaries of a Glaswegian clerk…and his delightful drawings alongside…they are splendidly evocative.’ Sunday Times
The extraordinary diaries of Thomas Cairns Livingstone represent twenty years of gorgeously idiosyncratic daily records of a middle-class Glasgow household, over a period spanning shortly before the Great War to the early 1930s. Thomas Cairns Livingstone, a mercantile book keeper, began his diaries in 1913, when he, his wife Agnes and their son 'wee Tommy' set up house in the Glasgow neighbourhood of Govanhill. For the next twenty years, Livingstone dutifully recorded each day's events in his Collins diaries, from small domestic dramas to troop movements as news of the Great War filtered back to the anxious home front. Rescued during a house clearance, the intricate details of these journals -- interspersed throughout with Livingstone's wonderfully warm and idiosyncratic illustrations -- provide a priceless record of the impression world events were making on the ordinary people at home and an extraordinary chronicle of the ups and downs of working-class life in the period immediately before, during and after the First World War.The details of the family's early life, notes about the (usually dreich) Glasgow weather, and comments on the carnage on the front and on the high seas, are written and illustrated with such warmth and charm that the story of this very ordinary household in the early part of the 20th century becomes completely addictive.See all Product description
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Tommy gives the reader a pen picture of his day to day working and social life-----is wife , Agnes,to whom he is devoted, and their son, young Tommy, who is the apple of their eyes. The diary is kept faithfully each day and in it Tommy records --getting his hair cut, Agnes's frequent illnesses, young Tommy's successes at school , plus detailed records of the war being fought across the English Channel. The number of soldiers, German as well as British, killed and wounded are recorded just underneath his own family's story. Tommy illustrates his diary with little, humorous drawings which add poignancy to his records.
I found it difficult to put the book down. I kept saying to myself--"just another page"-but that did not work! An excellent read giving a glimpse of the social, political and difficult times at that stage of the 20th Century.
He is no Samuel Pepys, there are no great reflections on life, he knew no great names, he had no illustruous war record, but this daily account of a clerk in Glasgow during the World War One years, medically unfit to join up, is simply compelling.
Most days' entries are only three or four sentences, usually mundane events accompanied by a sketch, yet the reader gets caught up in it all and really cares what happens to Tommy, his seemingly forever sick wife, whom he loved deeply, and his little boy.
It is a most human and riveting slice of true life.
Tommy's War: A First World War Diary 1913-1918
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