Blitz Spirit: Voices of Britain Living Through Crisis, 1939-1945 (Hardback)Becky Brown (author)
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Collated from the files of the Mass Observation project, this fascinating anthology of diary entries written by ordinary citizens during World War II is a panoramic study of Britain enduring through hardship and crisis.
Throughout the Second World War hundreds of people kept diaries of their private daily lives as part of a groundbreaking national experiment. They were warehousemen and WRENs, soldiers and farmhands, housewives and journalists, united only by a desire to record the history they were living through.
For decades their words have been held in the Mass-Observation Archive, a time capsule of ordinary voices that might otherwise have been forgotten. These voices tell the human story behind the iconic events of those six years, of the individuals grappling with a world turned upside down. From panic-buying and competitively digging for victory to extraordinary acts of bravery, Blitz Spirit is a remarkable collection of real wartime experiences that represent the best and worst of human nature in the face of adversity.
Resonant, darkly funny and deeply moving, this new collection will reveal what it was like to live through a crisis of unprecedented proportions. A cacophony of hope, cynicism and resilience, Blitz Spirit celebrates ordinary lives - however small - and shines a light on the people we were, and the people we are now.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 34 mm
'Brown's book features an eclectic selection from the wartime years and is full of fascinating and sometimes surprising insights.' - Mail on Sunday
'A brilliant new compendium of extracts from wartime diaries.' - The Paris Review
'A priceless collation and an insight like nothing else. Never more timely or poignant, these writers have no time for cliches or platitudes, only an urgency to tell it like it is. Humour, despair, confusion, hope - humanity laid bare, unique and universal.' - Simon Garfield, Editor of Our Hidden Lives and We Are at War
'What happened, when did it happen, why did it happen - are all questions historians deal with daily as they look backwards at events. But the glory of the Mass Observation archive is that the writers are looking forward. Is Churchill a hero or a villain? Are the Germans capable of bombing London? And who is that woman - or is it a man? - being propositioned in the blackout? The Mass Observation diarists record it all as they see it, and history is made anew in front of our eyes.' - Judith Flanders, author of The Making of Home
'In September 1944, looking back on the previous five years, a laboratory technician from Potters Bar declares that his "main feeling is one of awe at the huge panorama of events which we have lived through". Brown has cleverly captured exactly this in this delightful book, and the result is a tonic.' - Lucy Scholes, The Telegraph
'One for the Christmas gift list.' - NFOP Magazine
'Makes for very entertaining reading.' - My Weekly
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