Betty's Wartime Diary

Nicholas Webley

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Overview

What is this book about?

Some years ago, journalist Nicholas Webley stumbled across a remarkable find during a routine investigation in a small house in Norfolk – a diary.

The diary was kept during the war years and scribbled for the most part in school exercise books and on scraps of decomposing paper. It was written by a seamstress born in the 1880’s. Betty Armitage, the seamstress, was a theatrical dresser during the first part of the century and moved to Norfolk before the war. Her diary is unusual, as it views the events of the war through the eyes of someone born around the time of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. So many accounts of the war are based on military experience or life in cities during the Blitz; here the great events of those years are viewed from the country: privation relieved by the occasional poached pheasant, upheaval as thousands of bright young US servicemen ‘invade’ East Anglia, quiet heroes and small-time rural villains. A time which seems familiar to us today through film, but which was really another age, springs to life in the pages of Betty’s Diary; funny, touching and unaffectedly vivid.

Content

Contents
Foreword
Introduction
Timeline 1939-1945
List of main characters

PART ONE‘WE ARE WARRIORS ALL’

1939
September
October
November
December

1940
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October/November
December

PART TWO FAR TO GO AND MUCH TO DO

1941
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
December

1942
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

1943
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

1944
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
New Year 1944/45

1945
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
List of illustrations
Index

Reviews

‘Betty’s day by day struggle through an ordinary small-town wartime life makes unique reading. I lived through the era and can vouch for the truth of it all… fascinating.’

David Croft, writer and producer of the BBC hit Dad’s Army’s Diary

‘Moving and credible.’

East Anglian Daily Times

The author

Nicholas Webley is a journalist and historian with a special interest in World War II. He is the editor of the best-selling A Taste of Wartime Britain, also published by Thorogood.

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