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    DescriptionOf all the accounts written about the Second World War, none are more compelling than the personal diaries of those who lived through it. "We Are At War" is the story of five everyday folk, who, living on the brink of chaos, recorded privately on paper their most intimate hopes and fears. Pam Ashford, a woman who keeps her head when all around are losing theirs, writes with comic genius about life in her Glasgow shipping office. Christopher Tomlin, a writing-paper salesman for whom business is booming, longs to be called up like his brother. Eileen Potter organises evacuations for flea-ridden children, while mother-of-three Tilly Rice is frustrated to be sent to Cornwall. And Maggie Joy Blunt tries day-by-day to keep a semblance of her ordinary life. Entering their world as they lived it, each diary entry is poignantly engrossing. Amid the tumultuous start to the war, these ordinary British people are by turns apprehensive and despairing, spirited and cheerful - and always fascinatingly, vividly real.


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    Title
    We are at War
    Subtitle
    The Diaries of Five Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Garfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091903879
    ISBN 10: 0091903874
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ, HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    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
    BISAC V2.8: HIS018000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1930
    LC classification: DA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, BIO006000
    DC22: 941.0840922
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, DNBH, NHD, NHWL
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations facsims., ports.
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    13 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Simon Garfield is an award-winning feature writer on the Observer and author of two previous books of oral history, both highly acclaimed. His study of Aids in Britain, The End of Innocence, was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and the bestselling Mauve was described by the Daily Telegraph as 'a book about science which also happens to be a miniature work of art'. His most recent work, The Last Journey of William Huskisson, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week.
    Review quote
    "'Snowdrops have been in flower for weeks. Violets are still waiting to bloom. Broad beans are showing their heads perkily. But I forget. We are at war. The boys in the village are leaving one by one.' Maggie Joy Blunt * 'A lovely book. It will appeal to anyone who appreciates the richness and diversity of human experience' - Tony Benn * 'I haven't read a more engrossing book in years' - John Carey, Sunday Times * 'A quite magical store of voices from another age' - Observer"