Acquired via BookCrossing 10 Aug 2007 – BookRing

A wonderful book based on the Mass Observation diaries of Nella Last, a housewife in Barrow-in-Furness [Rosie — have you got this? You really should as it’s a beautiful portrait of Barrow and its surroundings]. She comes into her own in the War, as so many women did, amazing her peers with her abilities to make do and mend, but always modest about it. Her observations on her husband, son and friends are very well put and indeed, she could have been the writer she craved to be.

An engaging story, warmly told and well-edited, with enough editorial comments to make things clear. All the more meaningful to me because I am a Mass Observation diarist myself (it’s all answers to directives these days rather than diaries, but still very interesting to do) and I hope I’m in such a good book one day in the future!