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Not what you expect
on 16 February 2014
The back of this book states that Elisa Segrave found a cache of wartime diaries belonging to her mother Anne Hamilton Grace.
After reading the back of the book, I was eager to review this book as I was looking forward to finding out more about life at Bletchley Park during World War 2. I know the back of the book states that "Segrave attempts to recreate her mother's life before and after the war", it was, however still disappointing to discover that it was page 103 before there is any mention of Anne Hamilton-Grace's involvement in the war and unfortunately the war period ended on page 250. Prior to this, the first 102 pages of the book were dedicated to Elisa Segrave recounting her mother's early and very privileged life and then the rest of the book (pages 251 - 355) is then devoted to her very privileged life after the war.
I was rather disappointed to find a book whose title suggested it was about the war dedicated so few pages (less than half of the book) to the war.
I cannot say the book gripped me but there were parts that interested me. I would definitely recommend this book if you are interested in social history but don't buy it if your interest is World War 2.