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Among You Taking Notes: The Wartime Diary Of Naomi Mitchison 1939 1945

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Naomi Mitchison, Scotland's grand old lady of literature and celebrated left-wing political thinker, kept a wartime diary at the request of Mass-Observation, a social research agency. From the day Hitler invaded Poland to the day America dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, she recorded this picture of how one (extraordinary) family and their friends lived...and what actu ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 31st 1985 by Victor Gollancz (first published January 1st 1985)
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Neil
This is a terrific book. It gives a real insight into ordinary life during the Second World War. Often it shows how people's feelings about the war were not so uniform as current media presentations would have you believe. There were real differences of opinion about the conduct of the war and about those leading the country. Mostly however it is a record of the trials of ordinary life. Although the Mitchisons were of a higher social class than their neighbours who were largely poor fishermen an ...more
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I was really looking forward to reading this after I read her SF book Memoirs of a Space Woman, but found it hard to get into the text. Interestingly, the author herself wrote in the Intro that she doesn't like the person she comes across as in the diary.
Penelope
Another of the Mass Observation diaries but this time telling of life in rural Scotland during the war. Fascinating!
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Naomi Mitchison, author of over 70 books, died in 1999 at the age of 101. She was born in and lived in Scotland but traveled widely throughout the world. In the 1960s she was adopted as adviser and mother of the Bakgatla tribe in Botswana. Her books include historical fiction, science fiction, poetry, autobiography, and nonfiction, the most popular of which are The Corn King and the Spring Queen, ...more
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