The Diaries of Nella Last: Writing in War and Peace [NOOK Book]

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'I can never understand how the scribbles of such an ordinary person ... can possibly have value.' So wrote Nella Last in her diary on 2 September 1949. More than sixty years on, tens of thousands of people have read and enjoyed three volumes of her vivid and moving diaries, written during the Second World War and its aftermath as part of the Mass Observation project - and the basis for BAFTA-winning drama Housewife 49 starring Victoria Wood.





The Diaries of Nella Last, brings together into a single volume the...

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The Diaries of Nella Last: Writing in War and Peace

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Overview

'I can never understand how the scribbles of such an ordinary person ... can possibly have value.' So wrote Nella Last in her diary on 2 September 1949. More than sixty years on, tens of thousands of people have read and enjoyed three volumes of her vivid and moving diaries, written during the Second World War and its aftermath as part of the Mass Observation project - and the basis for BAFTA-winning drama Housewife 49 starring Victoria Wood.





The Diaries of Nella Last, brings together into a single volume the best of Nella's prolific outpourings, including a great deal of new, unpublished material from the war years.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. Outwardly Nella's life was commonplace; but behind this mask were a penetrating mind and a lively pen. As David Kynaston said on Radio 4, she 'will come to be seen as one of the major twentieth century English diarists.'



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847658463
  • Publisher: Profile Books Limited
  • Publication date: 9/27/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 471,504
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia and Robert Malcolmson are social historians with a special interest in Mass Observation. They have edited several MO Diaries, including Nella Last's Peace and Nella Last in the 1950s. They live in Nelson, British Columbia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Wonderful, intimate look at the war at home and afterward

    I was absolutely glued to this book for a week of long evenings. It's a fascinating look at what life at home in an small English town was like during World War II and during the recessionary years that accompanied peacetime.

    Mrs. Last wrote about rationing, making do, the black market, people who profited off the war, and the heroic efforts of ordinary people to support their soldiers and keep Germany from invading England. She did all this with great energy and a generally good humor, although she did admit to some depression and fatigue as the war ground on. Peacetime, with even more stringent rationing, unemployment, and the upheaval of social mores brought by war, seemed to be harder on Nella and her husband than wartime, but they managed to make their way through.

    If you enjoy viewing history in a series of small, carefully painted pictures, this is just the book for that.

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