Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Post-War Britain
Highly recommended reading.
The book comprises the diary entries of five people made between 1945 and 1950, submitted to the Mass Observation Unit. The five individuals record the minutiae of their lives as well as their reflections on the difficulties of Britain immediately post-war and their worries about the future.
More interesting than straight history and a better page-turner th ...more
One of the best aspects of Our Hidden Lives is the fascinating and often entertaining contrast with today's exis ...more
Darren has had this book for a while and I picked it up whilst hankering after something more biographical to read than my usual fare. (I think Darren actually ended up listening to a radio adaption rather than reading it.) It is the interleaved diaries of five people covering the period just after the end of WWII.
The diaries were written for a government initiated "Mass Observation" project started in the 1930s (and it seems it still goes on today) - the various characters included in the book...more
Borrowed from Taihape Library
In 1936 a programme called the Mass Observation Project was started and English people were invited to take part by keeping a diary about their lives, concerns and thoughts. Many took part and the resultant diaries are housed by the University of Surrey.
This book records the entries of five of these diarists from VE Day to July 1948 and is a fascinating, compelling read as it covers the end of the Second World War, through ra ...more