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The Diaries of Nella Last: Writing in War and Peace Paperback – February 5, 2013
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A fantastic story -- Victoria Wood My gut feeling is that Nella will come to be seen as one of the major twentieth-century English diarists. -- David Kynaston, author of 'Austerity Britain' Whatever her mood, Nella Last has the quality shared by all great diarists: of making her readers feel that however vast the differences between her life and ours, they are easily outweighed by the shared experiences of love and loss, disappointment and hope, that she describes with such artless humanity. * Daily Mail * I relished it ... her personality is so powerful. -- Margaret Forster An excellent correlative to the mantra "everyone has a novel in them". Some people are natural diarists and Nella is one of the best . . . She also used literary language in an entirely naturalistic way. -- Lesley McDowell * Sunday Herald * An epic journal . . . What brings her diaries to life is their unpretentious freshness and honesty. -- Michael Kerrigan * Scotsman *
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and working for the Red Cross.She relates in deal her inner most feelings of religion and her one ideas of her
spiritual side.She has some Eastern thought on her quaker upbringing.During 1943, there is a feeling of hopelessness
around her.The war drags on with not much hope in sight.Keepiing busy keeps the positive feelings from further
detoriating her spirit.Her husband is difficult for her to understand.He is a withdrawn man who depends on her and is
uncomfortable having people or soldiers in for a homey atmostphere before returning to the front.
Nella bravely continues to help anyone, who needs it.
I would like to have known Nella's story before the war.She stated she had three nervous breakdowns trying to please her
husband.She is extremely well read, due to being confined as a child,after an accident that kept her from school.
Of, all the books,diary style of World War II...this is my favorite.
What I love about her writing is the tiny details she includes. I am amazed at what she could come up with for her husband's meals when food was in such short supply. She never fails to include some little treat or other. I think she was wonderful.