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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409046431
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 624

How We Lived Then

History of Everyday Life During the Second World War, A




'Minutely detailed, accurate, skilfully marshalled and engagingly written, it is quite the best social chronicle of the period I have read' Spectator

Although nearly 90% of the population of Great Britain remained civilians throughout the war, or for a large part of it, their story has so far largely gone untold. In contrast with the thousands of books on military operations, barely any have concerned themselves with the individual's experience. The problems of the ordinary family are barely ever mentioned - food rationing, clothes rationing, the black-out and air raids get little space, and everyday shortages almost none at all.

This book is an attempt to redress the balance; to tell the civilian's story largely through their own recollections and in their own words.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409046431
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 624

About the author

Norman Longmate

Norman Longmate was born in Berkshire, and educated at Christ's Hospital. After war service he read modern history at Worcester College, Oxford. He subsequently worked as a journalist in Fleet Street, as a producer of history programmes for the BBC, and for the BBC Secretariat. In 1981 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 1983 he left the BBC to become a full-time writer. He has written more than twenty books, mainly on the Second World War and on Victorian social history.

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Praise for How We Lived Then

An immense and impressive assembly-Must surely remain an invaluable essay in the remembrance of things past.

Times

Superbly detailed and illustrated. From stirrup pumps to Spam, Norman Longmate's marvellously comprehensive panorama misses nothing. Excellent.

Sunday Telegraph

A landmine of information covering every field of civilian life in wartime from the grandeurs of the blitz to the miseries of dried eggs and the six-inch bath.

Cyril Connolly

Much of it is extremely interesting; some of it is fascinatingly out-of-the-way; and all of it contributes to building up a true picture of everyday life in England from September 1939 to August 1945.

Observer

For those who lived through those wartime years, How We Lived Then will be not merely a refreshment of memory-but also an enlargement of experience; how other people we did not meet lived then.

Times Literary Supplement

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