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Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942 (urspr publ 1985; utgåvan 1987)

av Joyce Dennys (Författare)

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Spirited Henrietta wishes she was the kind of doctor's wife who knew exactly how to deal with the daily upheavals of war. But then, everyone in her close-knit Devonshire village seems to find different ways to cope- there's the indomitable Lady B, who writes to Hitler every night to tell him precisely what she thinks of him; the terrifyingly efficient Mrs Savernack, who relishes the opportunity to sit on umpteen committees and boss everyone around; flighty, flirtatious Faith who is utterly preoccupied with the latest hats and flashing her shapely legs; and then there's Charles, Henrietta's hard-working husband who manages to sleep through a bomb landing in their neighbour's garden. With life turned upside down under the shadow of war, Henrietta chronicles the dramas, squabbles and loyal friendships that unfold in her affectionate letters to her 'dear childhood friend' Robert. Warm, witty and perfectly observed, Henrietta's War brings to life a sparkling community of determined troupers who pull together to fight the good fight with patriotic fervour and good humour. Henrietta's War is part of The Bloomsbury Group, a new library of books from the early twentieth-century chosen by readers for readers.… (mer)
Medlem:MerrittGibsonLibrary
Titel:Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942
Författare:Joyce Dennys (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (1987), 176 pages
Samlingar:Fiction, Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Fiction-pb, Historical Fiction, World War II-fiction, Humour

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Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front, 1939-1942 av Joyce Dennys (1985)

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    The Diary of a Provincial Lady [Omnibus] av E. M. Delafield (Sakerfalcon)
    Sakerfalcon: Similar self-deprecating humour, and witty portraits of life in a small English community.
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Such a charming book, and unexpected treat. ( )
  dcmr | Jul 4, 2017 |
On the radio there is talk of invasion but let's not think about that. I am going to tell you instead about Mrs Savernack'
By sally tarbox on 7 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Delightful little book featuring Henrietta, wife of a Devon GP. In letters to a Childhood Friend serving in France, she shows the lighter side of the early years of WW2.
Featuring such wonderful scenes as her daughter's preparations for the expected evacuee: 'Even going so far as to lay a bar of chocolate on the lonely pillow and fish her old teddy-bear out of a box in the attic. At half-past five a youth of sixteen, just under six feet tall, was deposited on our doorstep.'
And 'a most enjoyable rehearsal of an air-raid warning...You would have thought that siren was a herald of good tidings instead of possible death and destruction...People in the streets were wreathed in smiles and some were doubled up with laughter...I haven't seen this place so gay since the Coronation'.
Rationing, the black-out, the struggle to procure meat for the pet dog - I thoroughly enjoyed it. ( )
  starbox | Jul 10, 2016 |
This is a compilation of a set of fictional letters based one the real WW II experiences in Joyce’s town. While she and her family are given different names, everyone else in the book is fictional as is the childhood friend they are addressed to. They were printed in a London newspaper throughout the war.

The humour is lovely, the characters endearing and the writing good. Naturally, WW II was a serious time, but there is almost always a time and place for humour to help people cope, and I think this is a good one. This book ends during 1941, and I’m waiting for the second in this two book series to arrive to read the letters from the rest of the war. ( )
  Karin7 | May 25, 2016 |
What a wise book this is. In its simple, sweet, hilarious way, this set of letters opens up a world of characters who are drawn with wit and sympathy.
I read it in 2 sessions and will read the sequel as soon as possible. It is very important to find out if Faith marries the Conductor. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jun 15, 2015 |
Perceptive humor. ( )
  bsullivan24 | Jun 6, 2014 |
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Spirited Henrietta wishes she was the kind of doctor's wife who knew exactly how to deal with the daily upheavals of war. But then, everyone in her close-knit Devonshire village seems to find different ways to cope- there's the indomitable Lady B, who writes to Hitler every night to tell him precisely what she thinks of him; the terrifyingly efficient Mrs Savernack, who relishes the opportunity to sit on umpteen committees and boss everyone around; flighty, flirtatious Faith who is utterly preoccupied with the latest hats and flashing her shapely legs; and then there's Charles, Henrietta's hard-working husband who manages to sleep through a bomb landing in their neighbour's garden. With life turned upside down under the shadow of war, Henrietta chronicles the dramas, squabbles and loyal friendships that unfold in her affectionate letters to her 'dear childhood friend' Robert. Warm, witty and perfectly observed, Henrietta's War brings to life a sparkling community of determined troupers who pull together to fight the good fight with patriotic fervour and good humour. Henrietta's War is part of The Bloomsbury Group, a new library of books from the early twentieth-century chosen by readers for readers.

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