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Book Title: London 1945: Life in the Debris of War|
The author of the book: Maureen Waller
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The size of the: 428 KB
Edition: St. Martin's Press
Date of issue: December 31st 2013
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Read full description of the books London 1945: Life in the Debris of War:Seventy years has passed since London celebrated the end of World War Two. But 1945 wasn’t all about flag-waving on the Mall and Churchill’s V for Victory; in the months before the ceasefire, the city had been peppered with German rockets and nearly brought to its knees by death, destruction, food shortages and homelessness. Yet through it all, the city coped with the horrors, and Londoners kept calm and carried on.
London 1945 is their story. In this fascinating history of one of the capital’s most momentous years, Maureen Waller looks at how ordinary people from all over London coped with crisis; and she pays tribute to their spirit, courage and resilience. In a city where receiving an egg a month was a luxury and families were divided for years at a time, often never to come together again, it was the little pleasures that sustained morale: It’s That Man Again on the wireless, Hollywood movies, black-market oranges, American GIs…
And if Londoners thought the end of hostilities would improve their lot, they were in for a shock. Demobbed soldiers returned to a city of bombed-out houses, mass unemployment, continued rationing, not to mention a newly-independent female population changed beyond recognition.
A colourful and very human history of a changing city, London 1945 reveals how, in the bomb-shattered streets of the capital, the foundations of our modern society were laid.
Read information about the authorMaureen Waller was educated at University College London, where she studied medieval and modern history. She received a master's degree at Queen Mary College, London, in British and European history 1660--1714. After a brief stint at the National Portrait Gallery, she went on to work as an editor at several prestigious London publishing houses. Her first book was the highly acclaimed 1700: Scenes from London Life. She currently lives in London with her husband, who is a journalist and author.
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