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The Oaken Heart by Margery Allingham
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The Oaken Heart (1941)

by Margery Allingham

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A charming book that only reads like propaganda sometimes. Excellent for Anglophiles. ( )
  smalltalk | Oct 1, 2013 |
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The Oaken Heart - Margery Allingham was an English crime writer. Her American publisher was very impressed by the short accounts she gave in her letters of wartime life in Tolleshunt D'Arcy. He commissioned her to write a book for her American readers, citizens of a country that had not yet entered the war. The Oaken Heart is not sensational, but it is strikingly honest. It tells of things that were happening all the time in small communities all over England. The story is universal - only no one else has told it so well. It is one of the great books to come out of the Second World War.
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The story of a small English village called Auburn and the lives of its people during the Second World War. In her one autobiographical work, Margery Allingham tells of the emotions of the people around her and of the jealousies, spites and disillusions, the effects of too little to go around and too many evacuees. A unique work by one of the great names in detective stories, it reveals a view of England's response to war that is very personal.… (more)

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