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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (246 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mollie Panter-Downes Narrator: Lucy Scott Publisher: Persephone Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For fifty years Mollie Panter-Downes' name was associated with The New Yorker, for which she wrote a regular 'Letter from London', book reviews and over thirty short stories; of the twenty-one in Good Evening, Mrs Craven, written between 1939 and 1944, only two had ever been reprinted - these very English stories have, until now, been unavailable to English readers. Exploring most aspects of English domestic life during the war, they are about separation, sewing parties, fear, evacuees sent to the country, obsession with food, the social revolutions of wartime. In the Daily Mail Angela Huth called Good Evening, Mrs Craven 'my especial find' and Ruth Gorb in the Ham & High contrasted the humour of some of the stories with the desolation of others: 'The mistress, unlike the wife, has to worry and mourn in secret for her man; a middle-aged spinster finds herself alone again when the camaraderie of the air-raids is over...'

The stories read by English actress Lucy Scott beautifully re-create this tumultuous period.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elisabeth | 2/17/2014

    " This volume of short stories is a gem of vignettes of everyday life in England for women during WWII. The women's Red Cross sewing circle with its talk of Greeks and pyjamas, the unmarried lady suffering from loneliness following the unusual camaraderie of her apartment bloc spending nights in the halls during the Blitz, the wife stoically preparing for her husband to go off to war, and the dealing with evacuees and billets and rations changes is social class are brilliantly conveyed. It was an illuminating, non-romanticized view of daily life for these women. Panter-Downes has a succinct yet detailed writing style and a wry humorous approach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Camelama | 2/2/2014

    " Lovely collection of stories, from funny to sad, a little trip into life during the war for a small subset of English women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gail | 1/10/2014

    " Wonderfully written, perceptive stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rjriggins | 1/4/2014

    " Fabulous collection of short stories by a former New Yorker magazine journalist from England. Unique picture of the British homefront during WWII primarily from the upper middle class female point of view. Recommended for those wanting to know what it might have felt like to be a woman in England at that time in history. "

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