Wartime, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Juliet Gardiner's critically acclaimed book - the first in a generation to tell the people's story of the Second World War - offers a compelling and comprehensive account of the pervasiveness of war on the Home Front.

The book has been commended for its inclusion of many under-described aspects of the Home Front, and alongside familiar stories of food shortages, evacuation and the arrival of the GIs, are stories of Conscientious Objectors, persecuted Italians living in Britain and Lumber Jills working in the New Forest.

Drawing on a multitude of sources, many previously unpublished, she tells the story of those six gruelling years in voices from the Orkney Islands to Cornwall, from the Houses of Parliament to the Nottinghamshire mines.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 800 pages, 16pp b/w, 8pp colour, 24 integrated chapter-opener illustrations
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780755310289

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A splendidly readable narrative account of Britain during the second world war, focusing on the fabric of civilian life, rather than on major political and military events, though there is sufficient detail of these to provide the necessary understanding of the context. The book's great achievement is to enable the reader really to feel what it meant to be a citizen of a country at war, the day to day impact of restrictions on activities as well as the horrors of the Blitz and the V1/V2 raids. It also covers in a balanced way less well known aspects such as conscientious objectors of various kinds and the frankly outrageous treatment meted out to German and Italian people living in Britain, the great majority of whom were loyal to Britain and in many cases were refugees from Nazism, including Jews, or long settled Italian families running restaurants. A fascinating eye-opener of a book.

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Much needed history of the home front in Great Britain

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