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Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49 Paperback – 2006
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"A fantastic story This is not the war of the newsreelsit's about tiny domestic difficulties, lumpy custard "Victoria Wood
"I relished it her personality is so powerful There are so many things to admire about her."Margaret ForsterSunday Times UK
"Anyone who has the least curiosity about what it was like to live through the Second World War should read this" -New Statesman
"The whole post-war women's movement anticipated and rehearsed by a solitary pioneer on the most unlikely of stages"Guardian UK
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The War offered Nella a chance to do useful work that made a difference in the world; the closing pages of the book show a bit of melancholy as her world threatens to become smaller again, limited to knitting in the living room and only going where her husband wishes to go. Watching Nella deal with her newfound independence and, delightfully, putting her foot down with regard to her personal space and happiness, is interesting in the extreme. I was also fascinated at how she was able to make do with so little, and how impatient she became with those who whined about their "problems" while others lost homes, family members and lives.
Nella is funny, intelligent, resourceful and kind. She would have been a marvelous friend to turn to in times both good and bad. Thanks to the evocative way in which she writes about her home, her family and her beloved Lake District, I feel as if I were there with her. She often says "I am not smart." I fervently disagree - she may not have realized her own intelligence, but it shows bright and beautiful on every page of Nella Last's War.
The book follows her all the way through the war, and I'm looking forward to the next book that continues her story through the fifties.
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I knew nothing of the Mass Observation program in England during the Second World War. This is as valuable a primary history source for Britain during World War II as the Slave... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karen J.
This book i could not put down , what a great person who was higly giffted , I have to say i LOVED this book,
Nella Last was in deed a very special person,
The Mass-Observation project covered 1937 to the late 1950s. It asked hundreds of women to keep diaries. This book covers Nella Last's writings during the war period. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael Valdivielso
Found this because Amazon recommended it to me. It was great.Published 16 months ago by Kathy Nordeen
I have been recommending this book to everyone! Last's journals go from the daily struggles to moments of piercing insights.Published 22 months ago by sithi1
Wow! Highly recommend, 1st time I read anything like this in this time error, a look into the past of what life and war was like. Very interesting read.Published on December 23, 2013 by Christine Barratt
This is a pretty remarkable diary. You like this woman all the way through. I very much enjoyed the glimpse of war time England.Published on October 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer