Nella Last's Peace: The Post-war Diaries of Housewife, 49

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Profile Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 306 pages
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Picking up where bestseller Nella Last's War left off, this fascinating and unique diary of 1945-48 delves into the private life of housewife, mother and skilful narrator Nella Last, as well as that of her family, friends and neighbours.Outwardly Nella's life was probably seen as ordinary; but behind this mask were a lively mind and a persistent pen - a pen that never gave up over almost three decades, reporting, describing, pondering, and disclosing. Nella, 55 when the war ends, writes of what ordinary people felt during those years of privation, hope and the re-building of Britain, providing a moving and inspiring account of the years that shaped the society we live in today. Her diary offers a detailed, moving and humorous narrative of the changing experiences of ordinary people at this time, and thoughts on the aftermath of war and whether 'peace' really meant peace, for everyone.

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User Review  - Oreillynsf - LibraryThing

Nella's second diary installment is just as rich as the first. Early on in the book you realize that you are going to meet a "different/changed" woman, and the Nella that is revealed in these edited ... Read full review

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User Review  - etxgardener - LibraryThing

Everyone knows about the courage of the British people during World War II, but many are ignorant of the fact that wartime sacrifices extended for years after the end of the war. Britain, essentially ... Read full review


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Nella Last kept a diary throughout WWII, under the auspices of the Mass Observation Archive. Her record of events offers a unique insight into one woman's war - on the Home Front. She died in 1968. Robert Malcolmson is Professor Emeritus of history at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. Patricia Malcolmson is a historian and a former executive in the Ontario public service. They live in Cobourg, Ontario.

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