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Mrs Miniver

Jan Struther

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

* captures a woman's private world with the affection and good humour of

MRS DALLOWAY

Shortly before the Second World War, a column by 'Mrs Miniver' appeared in
THE TIMES, the first of many recounting the everyday events of a middle-class Chelsea family: Mrs Miniver's thrill at the sight of October chrysanthemums; her sense of doom when the faithful but rackety car is replaced; the escapades of Vin, Toby and Judy, her unpredictable young children; visits to the Kent cottage and, as war becomes a reality, the strange experience of acquiring gas masks and the cameraderie of those unsettling early days.

Mrs Miniver enchanted the public with her sympathy and affectionate humour, capturing ordinary lives and values now darkened by war. First published in book form in 1939 and later an enormously successful film, MRS MINIVER became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic -- with Churchill exclaiming that it had done more for the Allied cause than a flotilla of battleships.

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Jan Struther

Jan Struther (1901-53) grew up in Bucks and London. During the 1930s she wrote for PUNCH and also composed the hymn 'Lord of All Hopefulness'. MRS MINIVER began as a weekly column in THE TIMES.