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Eve's War: The diaries of a military wife during the second world war

Barbara Fox, Evelyn Shillington

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Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction

The rediscovered wartime diaries of Eve Shillington - who followed her officer husband around Britain during his WWII war service and showing the extraordinary courage and resourcefulness during the war, but also determination that everyday life should continue

In 1935 Evelyn Shillington started a diary, little knowing the years of turmoil it would cover, and how insightful her experiences as an army wife would be to the following generations.

Eve joined her beloved husband, Captain Rex Shillington, whenever she could on his postings giving her a unique view into army life. Through the abdication crisis, to the turbulent years of the Second World War and ending in war-ravaged Italy, Eve documented it all with an inimitable spirit and brave humour.

The diaries lay forgotten in an attic for years until an enterprising antiques dealer discovered them by chance. Published seventy years after Eve wrote in her diary for the last time, they offer a new perspective into life on the home front, a first-hand account that was almost lost forever.

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