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Main Title:
The view from the corner shop : the diary of a wartime shop assistant / Kathleen Hey ; edited by Patricia and Robert Malcolmson.
Imprint:
London : Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2016.
©2016.
Collation:
335 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Summary:
AUTOBIOGRAPHY: GENERAL. Kathleen Hey spent the war years helping her sister and brother-in-law run a grocery shop in the Yorkshire town of Dewsbury. From July 1941 to July 1946 she kept a diary for the Mass-Observation project, recording the thoughts and concerns of the people who used the shop. What makes Kathleen's account such a vivid and compelling read is the immediacy of her writing. People were pulling together on the surface ('Bert has painted the V-sign on the shop door...', she writes) but there are plenty of tensions underneath. The shortage of food and the extreme difficulty of obtaining it is a constant thread, which dominates conversation in the town, more so even than the danger of bombardment and the war itself. Sometimes events take a comic turn. A lack of onions provokes outrage among her customers, and Kathleen writes, 'I believe they think we have secret onion orgies at night and use them all up.
ISBN:
9781471154010 ((paperback))
1471154017 ((paperback))
Dewey Class:
B/HEY
Language:
English
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BRN:
350798

Holdings:

LocationCollectionCall NumberStatus/Desc
Spearwood Library
(SLWA)
Adult Non Fiction
B/HEY
Biographies & Memoirs
  • Onloan - Due: 08 Jan 2019
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