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    These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945 (Paperback) By (author) May Smith, Introduction by Juliet Gardiner

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    DescriptionMay 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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    Title
    These Wonderful Rumours!
    Subtitle
    A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) May Smith, Introduction by Juliet Gardiner
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 326 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844088119
    ISBN 10: 1844088111
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA, BJ
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKEMD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    LC classification: D
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000, BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DBKEMD
    DC23: 942.51084092
    Illustrations note
    Integrated: 20, int b/w photos
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    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