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

Extended Audio Sample Nella Lasts War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife 49 (Unabridged), by Nella Last
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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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