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Book Title: The Diaries of Nella Last: Writing in War and Peace|
The author of the book: Nella Last
ISBN 13: 9781846685460
Edition: Profile Books
Date of issue: September 27th 2012
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"Her account records the personal adjustments that trickle into daily life amid sweeping international change."—The Washington Post
This collection brings together into a single volume the best of Nella Last's prolific outpourings, including a great deal of new, unpublished material from the war years. Capturing the everyday trials and horrors of wartime Britain and the nation's transition into peacetime and beyond, Nella's touching and often humorous narrative provides an invaluable historical portrait of what daily life was like for ordinary people in the 1940s and 1950s.
Patricia Malcomson and Robert Malcolmson are social historians. They live in Nelson, British Columbia.
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Read information about the authorNella Last was a wife and mother who wrote up her day-to-day experience of civilian life in the Second World War as part of the Mass-Observation Archive, which was set up by sociologist Charles Madge and anthropologist Tom Harrisson to record ordinary people's views on contemporary events. She was an intelligent woman, who was stifled by her life and repressive marriage in a provincial place. Fortunately, she had two escape routes from depression: her writing and her work with the Women's Volunteer Service. She began the diary in 1937 and kept it up longer than most and writing more than everyone else. It was finally published in 1981. Nella died in 1968, so never lived to see her wartime diaries published.
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