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Black Out, Austerity & Pride - Life in the 1940s


This book tells how an alert and intelligent boy, effectively orphaned at the age of 13, sets out to gain a foothold in life. Aided by some resourceful women, he unites a thirst for knowledge with a growing passion for places and buses and a strong sense of duty. The autobiographical elements are deftly woven into a more general background narrative of wartime and post-war life. The work gives interesting, thoughtful insights into a wide range of topics, including, evacuation, life in the blackout and popular songs, the then universal use of bus services, the absolute overall authority of government. It embraces some long-lived consequences of the Great War, in the form of cripples, spinsters and the unemployed as a background to his childhood; then in his teens, and service in the army. This 367 page book covers a vast array of topics that depict life in the 1940s illustrated with 100 photographs.



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