Farming, Fighting and Family : A Memoir of the Second World War Paperback / softback
Farmer, author and broadcaster Arthur (A.G.) Street was one of the leading voices of British agriculture during the Second World War.
His daughter Pamela - herself an aspiring writer - was 18 when war broke out.
David, her future husband, served with the 4th RHA in North Africa.
Using their previously unpublished diaries and letters, Miranda McCormick - Pamela's daughter - tells the candid story of a Wiltshire family living and working at a time when `a little German with a black paint-brush moustache turned [the] world upside down'. Their very different experiences of war are woven into one masterful narrative of love, duty and separation during a time of national adversity.
Detailing the sudden rise of her tenant farmer father to the status of a national celebrity, Pamela's service as a VAD nurse and in the ATS, as well as her unofficial fiance's detainment in German and Italian prison camps, this is a story told with an almost allegorical simplicity. Intimate and personal, this vivid account of `ordinary life' during extraordinary times is also the chronicle of a generation for whom farming was the fourth line of defence.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 256 pages, 16 Plates, black and white; 39 Illustrations, black and white
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/10/2015
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780750961837