Private Battles by Simon Garfield
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Private Battles
By Simon Garfield

Private Battles

Our Intimate Diaries - How the War Almost Defeated Us

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Private Battles by Simon Garfield

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In "Private Battles", award-winning writer Simon Garfield has skilfully interwoven the diaries of four ordinary people as they struggle to cope with the day-to-day reality of life during the Second World War. Their voices combine to create one of the most compelling and refreshing takes on the period ever published. Meet Maggie Joy Blunt, a perceptive but frustrated young writer living alone near Slough. Pam Ashford, a shipping clerk in Glasgow who writes of office life as if it were an episode of The Archers. Edward Stebbing, a 20-year-old discharged soldier living with a stern landlady in Essex. And Ernest Van Someren, a research chemist in Hertfordshire, father of two children and proposer of several unique scientific ways to beat the Nazis. Perhaps here, for the first time, is the true story of how the ordinary people of Britain won the Second World War. And of how we almost didn't.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091910778
ISBN-10: 0091910773
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 126mm x 34mm)
Pages: 560
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is an award-winning feature writer on the Observer, and the author of eight books, including Our Hidden Lives, We Are At War, Mauve, The Wrestling, The Nation's Favourite and The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS. Our Hidden Lives, his first collection of Mass Observation diaries, became a Sunday Times bestseller and BBC drama starring Richard Briers and Sarah Parrish.

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