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Download Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of 'Housewife 49' Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (412 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nella Last Narrator: Carole Boyd Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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In September 1939, housewife and mother Nella Last began a regular diary that lasted for 30 years. The account that she left of life during the Second World War is moving, fascinating, and unique. While Nella's younger son joined the army, she and the rest of the family tried to adapt to the transformed rhythms of life in Barrow-in-Furness, which suffered terribly from enemy bombing raids. Writing each day for the Mass-Observation project, Nella's diary entries tell a powerful story about the war years, covering everything from sex to the genuine fear of invasion. This was the period in which Nella reviewed her life and her marriage - which she eventually compared to slavery.

Edited by Richard Broad and Suzie Fleming.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Newton | 2/15/2014

    " I love this book, and its sequels. For some reason I don't quite understand, it just kills me. Well maybe not quite kills me, more the opposite, like maybe there is still some hope for the human race, as found in this dear faceless middle-aged ordinary WWII housewife in the north of England who somehow wrote it down, the whole dilemma of existence in a world gone mad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/11/2014

    " Very good book, highlighting the diffculties faced by the brisitsh population during the war and thells the story of those left behind. Brilliant and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Hawthorne | 1/28/2014

    " An amazing book! Rush out and get a copy. Nella's observations on the war, her thoughts on the future, her children, and her marriage are endlessly enlightening. Nella's voice is practical - yet will suddenly takes a flight into poetry. The book is all the greater because she is so relentlessly self-aware. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of _Nella Last's Peace_! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Moore | 1/20/2014

    " I am addicted to books about WWII, especially diaries and this is one of my favourites. It is linked in with the events of the day as well as being perceptive about people which is rare for a diary of this era. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bells | 1/17/2014

    " Wonderful. Warm, honest, funny, thought provoking. I loved every minute. Engaging from the first moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/16/2014

    " If you have any connection to life during World War II in Europe you are going to love this book. Nella is plucky lady and has remarkable insight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/7/2014

    " I "read" this as an audiobook and I think that having a narrator read the diary entries and change the dialects was helpful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 12/21/2013

    " very interesting. I enjoyed her writing style and insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally Andrews | 12/13/2013

    " i enjoyed this buy found myself skipping pages as it got boring in places "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 11/23/2013

    " Very insightful and pragmatic. Also very honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion Husband | 11/17/2013

    " This is a lovely, lovely book, Nella Last's voice is so moving and vivid and just sensible...a great read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 11/2/2013

    " I read this book because I had enjoyed the film Victoria Wood made based on it (Housewife 49). I don't feel if was as enjoyable as the film but that may have been because it was more true to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/16/2013

    " Fascinating insight into daily life in the second world war which I dipped in and out of. Nella was truly inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Crow | 2/23/2013

    " A quiet pleasure. P.S. We don't have a clue, my generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/2/2012

    " In 1939, housewife and mother Nella Last began a diary whose entries, in their regularity, length, and quality, have created a record of WWII. This is a moving testimony, that, covering sex, death, and fear of invasion, provides a new, unglamorized female perspective on the war years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/22/2012

    " She's an interesting character - insightful, perceptive and honest, but there's a lot left unsaid. You never really get to the bottom of her marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate E.A. | 3/21/2011

    " this book is tearing at my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 12/7/2010

    " I loved this book! An interesting look at the social history of the second world war. Nella Last draws you into her little part of England and you come out of it having learnt alot. A recommended read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 10/13/2010

    " More than just a report of the war and it's effects of daily life; there is a personal journey Nella takes and reports on. Looking forward to reading her post-war diary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penelope | 6/17/2010

    " I loved this book! One of the Mass Observation diaries from World War II in Britain, it tells of an ordinary woman who eventually wrote a diary of millions of words chronicling her experience in wartime. Detailed, compassionate and inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/15/2010

    " In 1939, housewife and mother Nella Last began a diary whose entries, in their regularity, length, and quality, have created a record of WWII. This is a moving testimony, that, covering sex, death, and fear of invasion, provides a new, unglamorized female perspective on the war years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 8/27/2009

    " very interesting. I enjoyed her writing style and insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/28/2009

    " If you have any connection to life during World War II in Europe you are going to love this book. Nella is plucky lady and has remarkable insight. "

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