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I already own the previous editions of Nella Last's Peace and Nella Last's War. Is there enough new material in this edition to justify buying it, or is it simply the same dog with a new collar?

Richard Broad Nearly all the material published in this book relating to the Second World War is writing that wasn't included in 'Nella Last's War'. The editing of 'War' is narrative driven as it concentrates on how the war affected and changed her. But it only contains about six per cent of the two million words in the original. Moreover her war diaries are particularly rich as compared to her later writing This is largely down to the fact that a great deal more was happening in her life than in the post war years when she was no longer involved in voluntary work.

So this book will interest and engage those who enjoyed 'War' and will give them further insights into her character, her life and her times. It also allows her editors, Patricia and Robert Malcolmson, to emphasizes her very considerable literary gifts as it draws down on descriptive and reflective writing not used in the original edit.

Richard Broad, editor, along with Suzie Fleming, of 'Nella Last's War'.
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