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Nella Last in the 1950's (Paperback)
  • Nella Last in the 1950's (Paperback)

Nella Last in the 1950's (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 07/10/2010
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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. Sixty years on, tens of thousands of people have read and enjoyed the first two volumes of her uniquely detailed and moving diaries, written during World War II and its aftermath as part of the Mass Observation project, and the basis for BAFTA-winning drama Housewife 49 starring Victoria Wood (with a follow-up under discussion). This third compelling volume sees Nella, now in her sixties, writing of what ordinary people felt during those years of growing prosperity in a modernising Britain. Her diary offers a detailed, moving 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 relationship with 'my husband' (never 'Will') and her fears of nuclear war. 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.'

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846683503

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In passing comment on this book i have to own up to a major bias: I was brought up only a few streets away from Nella Last and, now being 72, can recall with nostalgia many of the events and people she writes about.... More

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