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W up in Yorkshire and Like Us Women's eBook #10003 Sussex She studied at Cambridge University and lived abroad in France and Italy then worked as a documentary researcher for BBC Television Her books include the acclaimed social history Among the Bohemians Experiments in Livingand Singled Out How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War both published by Penguin in and She is married to a writer has three children and lives in Suss. LOVE LOVE LOVE Why do people not know about this book It's truly amazing I don't read very much nonfiction but this book makes me want to read It is shocking heartbreaking funny tragic uplifting terrifying and fascinating Nicholson brings together dozens of individual lives so different but all with one glaring thing in common They were the women of World War II They were factory workers nurses housewives code breakers clippies ambulance drivers mothers singers and air raid wardens Nicholson shows us how extraordinary ordinary women can be how they dreamed and feared and lived in the chaotic world of the Second World WarI bought this book at the wonderful WW2 museum in Caen It was the best museum I've been to and I wanted something to remember it by I could have not made a better choice by buying this book I highly recommend it for everyone

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Millions Like Us Women's Lives During the Second World WarIn Millions Like Us Virginia Nicholson Us Women's Epub #225 tells the story of the women's Second World War through a host of individual women's experiences We tend to see the Second World War as a man's war featuring Spitfire crews and brave deeds on the Normandy beaches But in conditions of Total War millions of women in the Services and on the Home Front demonstrated that they were cleverer broad minded and altogether complex than anyone had Millions L. I saw this reviewed in the Guardian Weekly and knew immediately I wanted to read it; I was not disappointed This is a book that can never be written again as it is based on in depth interviews with some 50 women who lived through WW 2 and its aftermath chronicling their heroically ordinary lives fears and thoughts over than 10 years For some it appeared to be the only time they had been able to talk honestly about their experiences Virginia Nicholson’s women weren’t chosen randomly – they were themselves writers – and their contributions were entertaining and literate but were the millions like them I think so; the range of experience is huge from naive protected upperclass girls to the hard bitten and desperately poor – and many of them did not even take up writing till many years later The chapters are chronological and that makes sense of course It did give me a bit of a problem distinguishing the women's narratives though as they were necessarily chopped into short and interleaved reminiscences Though someone with better short term memory might not agree Some of the most searing moments occur in recollections that sounded almost throwaway but of course were not a nurse walking home in the blackout is called over to a bomb site where an unknown number of people are trapped She has to be lowered head first through a tiny gap to find someone hideously maimed and beyond hope and then be lowered again with a wad of chloroform to apply to the remains of the face having to say “try to keep calm we’re working to get you out” This incident comes up again later in the book and it is interesting that Nicholson understood it to be a desperate life saving attempt while I read it as an impossible act of mercy that no one should be called on to perform Who is to say Either way war for these women was the sum of shocking numbing experiences like that and probably explains why many never spoke of it until they talked to NicholsonThe first person accounts like this are riveting; Nicholson’s transcribings to the 3rd person not so much She has a few too many descriptions of beautiful nurses falling for handsome and debonair surgeons and at times the effect reads like a bad second rate romance Oh yes there was a lot of sex during the war but there are only so many ways of describing it A very minor uibble though There is a good balance to this book – the end of the war occurs just 23 of the way through leaving the rest devoted to the aftermath which after the initial ecstatic celebrations for some was a let down for many Returning servicewomen were unprepared for the desperation of lives at home “after the brilliant colours of Italy everything looks grey and shabby” said one nurse So the Postwar period is at least as interesting to read about despite awareness at the start of the war that the “old order” of women’s subservience was changing – in the end it didn’t; there was simply weary acceptance of a return to domestic life The contrast between the feeling in the early years that “women could do anything now” and that the world would never be the same again with the end in 1945 when all anyone wanted to do was “just stop working” was very markedSomething I never really appreciated was that the rigid dress code of the times would not have been relaxed even under extreme conditions The misery caused by the absolute rule on wearing stockings even when unobtainable which was for most of the war – was mentioned over and over No trousers allowed in the depths of winter and when stockings were unobtainable women resorted to drawing fake seams on bare legsOne thing I found a bit odd that symptoms of what we now call PTSD were never mentioned Many talked about the sudden lack of purpose with the end of the war when the fear and exhilaration was suddenly turned off but that’s not the same thing Yet PTSD must have been widespread I would have thought I wonder whether the unutterably grim conditions that prevailed in the UK after the war only gradually improving over about 10 years meant that there was no “post” the contrast between war and peace in fact not being that great A terrific book and its spirit could well be summed up with the words that Nicholson said she heard over and over – “You Just Got On With It”

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Millions Like Us Women's Lives During the Second World War summary ¹ 108 ☆ ➽ [Download] ✤ Millions Like Us Women's Lives During the Second World War By Virginia Nicholson ➲ – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk In Millions Like Us Virginia Nicholson tells the story of the women's Second World WaIke Kindle ever guessed Millions Like Us tells the story of how these women loved suffered laughed grieved and dared how they re made their world in peacetime And how they would never be the same again 'Vividly entertaining uplifting and humbling Millions Like Us deserves to be a bestseller' Bel Mooney The Daily Mail 'Passionate fascinating profoundly sympathetic' Artemis Cooper Evening Standard Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and gre. This is a highly readable anecdotal account of British women's experiences during World War II It's a worthy addition to the shelf of similar books but there's nothing new here in information or insight