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Nella Last in the 1950s: The Further Diaries of Housewife, 49
     

Nella Last in the 1950s: The Further Diaries of Housewife, 49

by Patricia Malcolmson (Editor), Robert Malcolmson (Editor), Nella Last
 

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So wrote Nella Last in her diary on 2 September 1949. Sixty years on, tens of thousands of people have read and enjoyed the first two volumes of her wonderfully detailed and moving diaries, written during and after the Second World War.

This third compelling volume sees Nella, now in her sixties, writing of what ordinary people felt during the early 1950s in a

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So wrote Nella Last in her diary on 2 September 1949. Sixty years on, tens of thousands of people have read and enjoyed the first two volumes of her wonderfully detailed and moving diaries, written during and after the Second World War.

This third compelling volume sees Nella, now in her sixties, writing of what ordinary people felt during the early 1950s in a modernising Britain. Her diary offers a fascinating, touching and humorous narrative of daily life at a time that shaped the society we live in today. It is an account that's full of surprises, as we learn more about her attitude towards changes in society, her fears of nuclear war, and her relationship with 'my husband' - she rarely used his name. Outwardly Nella's life was commonplace; but behind this there was a penetrating mind and a lively pen. Her childhood dream to become a published writer, which was not fulfilled in her lifetime, has now been realized.

It's wonderful to be back in Nella's world again… unquestionably one of the greatest British diaries of the mid-twentieth century' Simon Garfield

Editorial Reviews

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Nella Last may be the most prolific writer you've never heard of. . . . A moving account of daily life in England after World War II."—The Washington Post

"A vivid and characteristically distinctive account of those uncertain years poised between austerity and affluence. It confirms Nella Last's status as one of the major twentieth-century English diarists." -David Kynaston

"It’s wonderful to be back in Nella’s world again. Such emotional candour, so many entertaining little personal battles. Unquestionably one of the great British diaries of the mid-20th century." -Simon Garfield

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846683503
Publisher:
Profile Books Limited
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,387,517
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


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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