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    DescriptionIn "Private Battles", award-winning writer Simon Garfield has skilfully interwoven the diaries of four ordinary people as they struggle to cope with the day-to-day reality of life during the Second World War. Their voices combine to create one of the most compelling and refreshing takes on the period ever published. Meet Maggie Joy Blunt, a perceptive but frustrated young writer living alone near Slough. Pam Ashford, a shipping clerk in Glasgow who writes of office life as if it were an episode of The Archers. Edward Stebbing, a 20-year-old discharged soldier living with a stern landlady in Essex. And Ernest Van Someren, a research chemist in Hertfordshire, father of two children and proposer of several unique scientific ways to beat the Nazis. Perhaps here, for the first time, is the true story of how the ordinary people of Britain won the Second World War. And of how we almost didn't.


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    Title
    Private Battles
    Subtitle
    Our Intimate Diaries - How the War Almost Defeated Us
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Garfield, Contributions by Mass-Observation Archive
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091910778
    ISBN 10: 0091910773
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    LC classification: DA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    DC22: 941.0840922
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DBK
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHTB, NHD, NHWL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    25 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Simon Garfield is an award-winning feature writer on the Observer, and the author of eight books, including Our Hidden Lives, We Are At War, Mauve, The Wrestling, The Nation's Favourite and The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS. Our Hidden Lives, his first collection of Mass Observation diaries, became a Sunday Times bestseller and BBC drama starring Richard Briers and Sarah Parrish.
    Review quote
    "Poignant ... strange ... fascinating ... Makes our wartime past seem no more distant than yesterday" Mail on Sunday "Enthralling" Observer "A winning formula" Daily Telegraph "I picked it up wih only mild curiosity - but I finished it in tears...No book I have ever read captures so roundly the experience of wartime life" -- Nick Lezard The Guardian "their accounts of the incidentals of their lives make fascinating reading" The Sunday Times