Wartime Women: A Mass Observation Anthology: A Mass-observation Anthology of Women's Writings, 1937-1945 (WOMEN IN HISTORY) Paperback – 25 Jun 2009
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A unique document offering unrivalled insight into women's minds and lives during the Second World War.
About the Author
Dorothy Sheridan has been at the Mass-Observation Archive since 1974.
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The book is arranged in 23 chapters averaging around 10 pages each. There are two types of material from the Mass-Observation archive. The less interesting material for me was the summary reports prepared at the time based either on direct observation or a summary of views from written reports. These were deliberately written as summary documents, dealing in general trends, but this only emphasises that it is the human touches and ability to recognise the very human, modern traits of the diarists in Garfield's collections (or the books based on Nella Last's writing) that makes them so enjoyable. I generally skipped this material and looked for the gems among the second type of chapter, the individual accounts and contributions.
Readers of Garfield's books will be pleased to know there is not much overlap at all - Pam Ashford makes a brief appearance writing about the Munich crisis in 1938 and Nella Last has, ahem, the Last word. There are some fascinating contributions, including Amy Briggs, a nurse from Leeds, and Muriel Green, a Norfolk girl working on the land in Somerset. They made me hope someone else will edit and publish more of their work.
Certainly there are a few duds, such as the chapter about an ambulance driving-test which just goers on and on and on, but these are few and far between.Read more ›
My criticism would be of my particular edition in which the font size is so small I almost abandoned the book before I got going. The fact that I have enjoyed it so much, in spite of this, is testament to its compelling content.
It is amazing to read the extracts and understand the things that mattered to the women during this period and also to consider them in light of how the future role of women would be determined after the war.
Not all the extracts are well written but this just goes to show the cross section of women who were encouraged to take part.
It is a very informative book and well worth the read, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Factual accounts of women who documented life during the Second World War, interesting and informative with a unique insight into the pastPublished 16 months ago by Rachel
I love all the Mass Observation diaries and this one is no exception. If you're interested in social history then this is a great read.Published 18 months ago by liz
Haven't read yet but am sure it will be a joy to readPublished 18 months ago by Mrs Rosemary A Smith
I have already enjoyed Mass Observation books and this book introduced me to further contributors to this interesting project which ran from just before World War II.Published on 22 Jan. 2013 by Sheila Vaughan
I chose this having previously bought her Nella Last's war, and Nella Last's Peace. I felt that another Mass Observation book would interest her. It has!!!Published on 7 Jan. 2013 by Juliet Standing
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