Nella Last's war the Second World War diaries of 'Housewife, 49'

edited by Richard Broad and Suzie Fleming.

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


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