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These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The People's War' comes to life in this wonderful diary of life on the Home Front during World War Two.

May Smith is twenty-four at the outbreak of World War Two; at night, the sirens wail, and the young men of the village leave to fight. But still, ordinary life goes on: May goes shopping, plays tennis, takes holidays and even falls in love - while recording it faithfully in her diary.

'May is simply a joy, a bright spark in dark times' - The Times

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Praise for These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945

  • I grew to love every single detail. This is what it really must have been like to live through the war in Derbyshire on a teacher's salary with no car. I was fascinated - Spectator - Ysenda Maxtone Graham

  • May Smith is simply a joy, a bright spark in dark times - The Times - Iain Finlayson

  • Well written, witty and absorbing, Smith's chronicles give us an insight into the life and impact of the war in a small English village - Yorkshire Evening Post - Nilima Marshall

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