We Are At War: The Diaries Of Five Ordinary People In Extraordinary Times

Paperback | October 13, 2009

bySimon Garfield

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The highly-acclaimed diaries of ordinary people’s lives in WWII.

Of all the accounts of 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, at 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 if booming, longs to be called up like his brother. Eileen Potter organizes 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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The highly-acclaimed diaries of ordinary people’s lives in WWII.Of all the accounts of 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, at the brink of chaos, recorded privately on paper their most intimate hopes and fears.Pam A...

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“Fascinating, delightful, illuminating. The diarists soon become like old friends . . . and make our wartime past seem no more distant than yesterday.”— Mail on Sunday“Vibrant, lyrical and engrossing.”— Daily Express

Simon Garfield is the author of ten highly-acclaimed books of non-fiction. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham Prize.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 1 inPublished:October 13, 2009Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0091903874

ISBN - 13:9780091903879

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“Fascinating, delightful, illuminating. The diarists soon become like old friends . . . and make our wartime past seem no more distant than yesterday.”
Mail on Sunday

“Vibrant, lyrical and engrossing.”
Daily Express