London at war 1939-1945

by Philip Ziegler

Hardcover, 1995




London : Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995. First ed.


London at War, 1939-1945 tells the story of the people of the city during the years of the Second World War. The author has built a portrait of a population under siege and what emerges is a record of patience, dignity and courage. Originally published: London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995.

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LibraryThing member john257hopper
A very readable account of the experiences of mostly ordinary Londoners during the war. The Blitz looms large, of course, but also covered are the run up to war being declared, the phony war, the sense of ennui many Londoners felt when nothing was happening, the Little Blitz of early 1944, the V1 and V2 attacks and the sometimes shaky return to normality. Never less than a fascinating read full of anecdotes and real life observations.… (more)
LibraryThing member papercat
This book is full of fascinating stories about daily life in London during the Second World War. I found it very interesting to discover how people carried on with their lives while living with the danger of the blitz, evacuation, rationing, the blackout and so many other restrictions. It really conjures up the city: the darkness of the blackout, destruction of buildings by bombing, shelters in the underground, parks and other public spaces being used for trenches and allotments. The book is partly chronological and partly thematic, moving through the war as it progressed, showing how the city itself and people's reactions to living with war changed over the years. It covers many different aspects of life, including the cinema, theatre, music, and much more. What I found most absorbing and fascinating were the many quotations from the personal diaries and letters, not only of public figures and writers such as George Orwell and Elizabeth Bowen, but also of a wide variety of other people living in London at that time.… (more)


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Signed by author. Dust jacket covered.
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