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  1. Kirsty Darbyshire Kirsty Darbyshire says:

    The second volume of these war diaries goes back to the beginning of the Second World War I didn t find the them as compelling as the ones from after the war There s a different set of diarists only one of the original five is featured here and they didn t seem to be such interesting characters.The thing that really surprised me was how little certainty there was that we would win the war they were genuinely waiting for Hitler to invade Britain This probably shouldn t surprise me but it di The second volume of these war diaries goes back to the beginning of the Second World War I didn t find the them as compelling as the ones from after the war There s a different set of diarists only one of the original five is featured here and they didn t seem to be such interesting characters.The thing that really surprised me was how little certainty there was that we would win the war they were genuinely waiting for Hitler to invade Britain This probably shouldn t surprise me but it did and I guess it comes from the difference between reading contemporary observations and reading fiction set in the war years written with the hindsight that we would win And also the fact that these personal diaries aren t trying to put on a brave front or show the spirit of the Blitz or anything like that.Even though I didn t think this book was as unputdownable as it s predecessor it was still mightily interesting and I ll be on the lookout for the third volume which takes in the later years of the war


  2. Meaghan Meaghan says:

    This is the second book in the Mass Observation diaries series, but the first, chronologically I liked We Are at War better thanOur Hidden Lives , partly because it wasexciting there was, after all, a war on and partly because I found the diaristslikeable Although these books are long and a bit of a plod to get through, anyone interested in the history of everyday life in Britain in the 1940s will find them an invaluable resource This is the second book in the Mass Observation diaries series, but the first, chronologically I liked We Are at War better thanOur Hidden Lives , partly because it wasexciting there was, after all, a war on and partly because I found the diaristslikeable Although these books are long and a bit of a plod to get through, anyone interested in the history of everyday life in Britain in the 1940s will find them an invaluable resource


  3. cameron cameron says:

    This is a good collection of the Mass Observation diary extracts from British citizens who were asked to keep diaries by the thousands during WW2 They are a fascinating look at the daily bravery and lives of regular people just trying to survive There are quite a few of these out there and I find them all to be the best history, unfiltered by third parties.


  4. Catherine Thompson Catherine Thompson says:

    We Are at War is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of ordinary well, relatively ordinary Britons during the early months of World War II These five diarists were among the many who joined in the Mass Observation project In these pages, edited by Simon Garfield, the reader encounters Christopher Tomlin all names are pseudonymous, to protect the privacy of the contributors , a 28 year old man who, once his brother Dick is called up, becomes the sole support for his parents His concerns ar We Are at War is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of ordinary well, relatively ordinary Britons during the early months of World War II These five diarists were among the many who joined in the Mass Observation project In these pages, edited by Simon Garfield, the reader encounters Christopher Tomlin all names are pseudonymous, to protect the privacy of the contributors , a 28 year old man who, once his brother Dick is called up, becomes the sole support for his parents His concerns are mainly focused on how much money he is able to bring in Eileen Potter works and lives in London, helping to evacuate children and mothers with babies Pam Ashford works in a coal exporting business in Glasgow, and her observations are keen indeed, as well as humorous Tilly Rice is a mother of two boys, pregnant with her third child when the reader first meets her, stuck in Port Isaac, Cornwall, far from her Sussex home And Maggie Joy Blunt, living in a cottage outside of London, tries to keep a semblance of normal life as the bombs fall.I picked up this book at the Churchill War Rooms in London, as a souvenir for my mother, because this sort of thing is right up her street I knew, too, that I d have the opportunity to read it when she was finished I was startled by the reactions of the diarists to evacuees They reported others who took in evacuees or had evacuees thrust upon them complaining about vermin ridden children and lazy mothers, all of whom seemed distinctly ungrateful Several expressed distinct anti Semitic feelings, which made me uncomfortable, considering what was going on in Germany at the time I was surprised that people appeared to know about the concentration camps, though perhaps not the extent of the brutality Churchill came in for a great deal of criticism as well, especially from Tomlin, but no politician is admired in his own time, I suppose.I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in World War II history


  5. Veronica Veronica says:

    I really enjoy these selections from Mass Observation diaries I liked Simon Garfield s Our Hidden Lives, covering the years immediately after World War II, and absolutely loved


  6. Cate Cate says:

    This is the second book in the Mass Observation diaries series, but the first, chronologically I have yet to read Our Hidden Lives, the first book in the Mass Observation series, but if this is anything to go by, it will be as equally a good read These books are long and even with the fervor of war a bit of a plod to get through, anyone interested in the history of everyday life in Britain in the 1940 s will find them an invaluable resource.Other books connected with the Mass Observation P This is the second book in the Mass Observation diaries series, but the first, chronologically I have yet to read Our Hidden Lives, the first book in the Mass Observation series, but if this is anything to go by, it will be as equally a good read These books are long and even with the fervor of war a bit of a plod to get through, anyone interested in the history of everyday life in Britain in the 1940 s will find them an invaluable resource.Other books connected with the Mass Observation Project, that I have read and enjoyed,are Nella Last s War The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49Nella Last s Peace The Post War Diaries Of Housewife, 49Nella Last in the 1950s The Further Diaries of Housewife, 49


  7. Joanne Joanne says:

    Good, but not my favorite of these books These diarists can t hold a candle to Nella Last.


  8. Austen to Zafón Austen to Zafón says:

    It took me a LONG time to read this book, but not because it wasn t good In fact, I really liked it But it was my car book, meaning I kept it in the car for those long waits in offices, lunch by myself, etc It was episodic enough that I didn t have to keep track of a plot, so I could go weeks without picking it up and still be fine I read


  9. Sarah Crawford Sarah Crawford says:

    This book takes diary entries from five people from just before the outbreak of WWII on through part of the great London blitz One person is a salesman, one works at a shipping company, one is a social worker, one a writer and the last one a housewife Their diary entries cover everyday events ranging from buying groceries on through bombs dropping nearby Their stories cover how England changed during that time with significant tax increases and much greater governmental control over everythin This book takes diary entries from five people from just before the outbreak of WWII on through part of the great London blitz One person is a salesman, one works at a shipping company, one is a social worker, one a writer and the last one a housewife Their diary entries cover everyday events ranging from buying groceries on through bombs dropping nearby Their stories cover how England changed during that time with significant tax increases and much greater governmental control over everything they did This included even arresting, trying and fining people for saying anything discouraging about the government.A lot of people at that time, including these, seemed to take things pretty much in stride The salesman has the most negative views of the group It seems on the part of some that they actually wanted to get the German bombing attacks underway instead of going through each day wondering when they would begin.The whole book is quite interesting, especially looking at it from a psychological viewpoint


  10. Darla Ebert Darla Ebert says:

    Fascinating accounts from five people who were actually there when the first bombs began to fall on Great Britain I got the flavor of every day life from the diaries journals of those who lived it, from the food rationing to the evolution of clothing for womenthere was just so much packed into these stories And coming from five different people there were differing views politically which was very telling It is astonishing in this day, knowing what we do about the history of the times and Fascinating accounts from five people who were actually there when the first bombs began to fall on Great Britain I got the flavor of every day life from the diaries journals of those who lived it, from the food rationing to the evolution of clothing for womenthere was just so much packed into these stories And coming from five different people there were differing views politically which was very telling It is astonishing in this day, knowing what we do about the history of the times and what was really going on, just flabbergasting some people actually thought Hitler was a GOOD leader for Germany Riveting read


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