In Millions Like Us Virginia Nicholson tells the story of the women's Second World War, through a host of individual women's experiences.
We tend to see the Second World War as a man's war, featuring Spitfire crews and brave deeds on the Normandy beaches.
But in conditions of "Total War" millions of women - in the Services and on the Home Front - demonstrated that they were cleverer, more broad-minded and altogether more complex than anyone had ever guessed.
Millions Like Us tells the story of how these women loved, suffered, laughed, grieved and dared; how they re-made their world in peacetime. And how they would never be the same again ... 'Vividly entertaining, uplifting and humbling, Millions Like Us deserves to be a bestseller' Bel Mooney, The Daily Mail'Passionate, fascinating, profoundly sympathetic' Artemis Cooper, Evening Standard Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and grew up in Yorkshire and Sussex.
She studied at Cambridge University and lived abroad in France and Italy, then worked as a documentary researcher for BBC Television.
Her books include the acclaimed social history Among the Bohemians - Experiments in Living 1900-1939, and Singled Out - How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War, both published by Penguin in 2002 and 2007.
She is married to a writer, has three children and lives in Sussex.