Nella Last





Nella Last


Born
in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, The United Kingdom
October 04, 1889

Died
June 22, 1968

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Nella Last was a wife and mother who wrote up her day-to-day experience of civilian life in the Second World War as part of the Mass-Observation Archive, which was set up by sociologist Charles Madge and anthropologist Tom Harrisson to record ordinary people's views on contemporary events. She was an intelligent woman, who was stifled by her life and repressive marriage in a provincial place. Fortunately, she had two escape routes from depression: her writing and her work with the Women's Volunteer Service. She began the diary in 1937 and kept it up longer than most and writing more than everyone else. It was finally published in 1981. Nella died in 1968, so never lived to see her wartime diaries published.

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Nella Last's War: The Secon...

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Housewife, 49 (3 books)
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“If you love a person in the real sense, you want them to be happy, not take them like butter and spread them thinly over your own bread, to make it more palatable for yourself.”
Nella Last, Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49
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“It's a great blessing if one can lose all sense of time, all worries, if only for a short time, in a book.”
Nella Last

“She says she prays to God to strike Hitler dead. Cannot help thinking if God wanted to do that he would not have waited till Mrs. Helm asked him to do so.”
Nella Last, Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49

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