These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945

These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945

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By (author) May Smith, Introduction by Juliet Gardiner

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  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 30mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844088111
  • ISBN 13: 9781844088119
  • Illustrations note: Integrated: 20, int b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 67,624

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May Smith is twenty-four at the outbreak of World War Two; at night, the sirens wail, and the young men of the village leave to fight. But still, ordinary life goes on: May goes shopping, plays tennis, takes holidays and even falls in love - while recording it faithfully in her diary. 'May is simply a joy, a bright spark in dark times' The Times

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May Smith was born in 1914 in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire. She trained to be a teacher at Goldsmiths College, London. For many years she kept a diary, with a record of her life and her reading. After her first post at an all age elementary school in Swadlincote, in 1937 she moved to Springfield, a new Swadlincote junior school, where she taught during the Second World War. After marriage and children and a break from full-time teaching, she returned to Springfield, where she remained until her retirement in 1975. She died in 2004.

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I grew to love every single detail. This is what it really must have been like to live through the war in Derbyshire on a teacher's salary with no car. I was fascinated -- Ysenda Maxtone Graham Spectator May Smith is simply a joy, a bright spark in dark times -- Iain Finlayson The Times Well written, witty and absorbing, Smith's chronicles give us an insight into the life and impact of the war in a small English village -- Nilima Marshall Yorkshire Evening Post