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If you have seen the Film you have to read the book
on 5 January 2002
Having watched the Film Mrs Minerva on so many occasions(I Have the Video) I was really interested in reading this book when I heard it had been published.
Being born in 1947,I was brought up by my parents with stories of the war years which I found so exciting.tales of the Anderson shelters,
Blackout Curtains made out of dyed blankets,my parents serving in the army and meeting in Germany after the war,so a film like Mrs Minerva was a must for me.
I found it a very enjoyable book but I think one has to be a bit of a Mrs Minerva fan to enjoy it.
The comparisons between the actual book Mrs Minerva and the American film are wonderful to read.Trust Hollywood to come up with it ,I always thought that Toby in the film should have been put down,it was his horrible american accent,and also the choir in the church that sounder like a Morman choir,Ive never heard the C of E sound like that.
I think Jan Struther had a sense of humour with her writing and it was not until I had read the book that I realised what else she had written.
I have sung Lord of all Hopefullness on many occasion and she had written the words for that.
I was sorry that she had a short life as Im sure she would have written much more.
I shall watch Mrs Minerva again soon and I think see it in a really new light,my one regret is that I had the book Mrs Minerva,the early copy. and it has dissapeared from mt bookshelf!!!.