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Good Evening Mrs. Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes (1999)

by Mollie Panter-Downes

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    Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Both are collections of short stories which show how the lives of the middle-class in Britain were changed by WWII. Mrs Miniver covers the period leading up to the outbreak of war whilst Good Evening Mrs Craven covers WWII itself.
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    Cheerfulness Breaks in by Angela Thirkell (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: Cooping cheerfully with wartime
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    The Provincial Lady in Wartime by E.M. Delafield (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: Ladies gallantly coping with wartime in ladylike ways
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    House-Bound by Winifred Peck (KayCliff)
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    Verses from the 'Forties by Kay Macaulife (KayCliff)
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    Nella Last's War: the Second World War Diaries of 'Housewife, 49' by Nella Last (digifish_books, KayCliff)
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These WWII homefront pieces that were originally published in The New Yorker were almost all from points of view that I had never read/heard before. Some of them were rather depressing, others inspiring. Again, it was educational and entertaining to read a different point of view that usual.

http://webereading.com/2017/12/a-stack-of-eight.html ( )
  klpm | Dec 21, 2017 |
Lovely collection of stories, from funny to sad, a little trip into life during the war for a small subset of English women. ( )
  camelama | Dec 30, 2016 |
This is the second book I've read from Persephone Books and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Filled with short stories written during WWII, these genial stories give the reader a snapshot of life during the war. Nothing earth shattering happens, they just capture a time and place perfectly. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
This collection of short stories gives readers a sense of everyday life in England during WW2 - how older men, children, wives, mistresses, and others who remained on the Home Front dealt with the fear, loss, and inconveniences of war. All of the 21 stories, in some way, comment on how members of different classes viewed the now-changing structure of English society.

Whether it's about members of the upper-classes providing shelter poor London evacuees during the blitz, household servants who mind the lack of adherence to pre-war decorum, wives who feel guilt for not minding that their husbands are away at war, frustrated veterans who are too old to participate in this war, or women who have to call their boyfriends' wives covertly in order to get updates on his safety - the author masterfully evokes emotions and insights from the reader. The writing is beautiful and well-crafted.

While not non-fiction, THE WARTIME STORIES feels authentic and based completely in reality. All you need is a time machine to go back and meet Mr. Craven, the ladies of the local Women's Voluntary Services League, or the housemaid Dossie. ( )
  BooksForYears | Aug 23, 2016 |
Wonderfully wittily written, with acute social perception and some really moving moments. ( )
  KayCliff | Sep 22, 2015 |
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Mrs Ramsay dressed for her lunch with Gerald Spalding in a mood of fine old nostalgia, well crusted on the top and five years in the wood.
The publication of these short stories marks sixty years since the outbreak of the Second World War. (Preface)
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Yes, everybody was in the same boat all right, although it sometimes seemed to Mark that Janet and the rest of their class were making unnecessarily heavy weather of it by refusing to recognise that they were bang in the middle of a social revolution. (from "Year of Decision")
Her roguish eye implied that without her restraining chaperonage Mrs. Ramsay would be helling around Sussex, probably in the nude. (from "Mrs. Ramsay's War")
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Short stories written during World War II.

Contains: Letter from London, 3 September 1939 -- Date with romance -- Meeting at the Pringles' -- Mrs. Ramsay's war -- In clover -- It's the real thing this time -- This flower, safety - As the fruitful vine -- Lunch with Mr. Biddle -- Battle of the Greeks -- Fin de Siècle -- Literary scandal at the sewing party -- Goodbye, my love -- War among strangers -- Combined operations -- Good evening, Mrs. Craven -- The hunger of Miss Burton -- It's the reaction -- Cut down the trees -- Year of decision -- The danger -- The waste of it all -- Letter from London, 11 June 1944.
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