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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. This was a fascinating book about the way lives of British women were transformed during the Second World War Left behind to run every think from families to bomb products and making aircraft Britain could not have done what she did without the use of millions of women while their men did the fighting They were involved in many roles from administration through to heavy industry and even gunnery in anti aircraft guns This very sympathetically and well written account of different women s live during the war shows that so much of societies norms where suspended for the duration The power drama and thrill of during useful things for the war effort gave women s lives a focus and meaning that they had never had before and would take many years to regain I wanted to talk to my mum about some of the issues The sorrow and fear of the woman who sent their children away as evacuees to the nurses who went to the front lines in North Africa and Europe Women did things that they never thought them selves capable of The make do and mend attitude which worked well during the war led to a sense of anticlimax in the peace An indebted broken Britain found it difficult to rebuild and deal with the shortages Many women went back to the role f housewife and mothers at the end of the war but many others would never be the same again The great reforms for women in the 1970 s began in the liberation of the war years but it was a long time coming if it has really got there yet Nic will enjoy this read. Very good Well researched with many first hand accounts, it s one of the best non fiction books I ve read about women on the Home Front in Britain during World War II. A rather sobering story about the women in Britain during the second world war with examples from many different women, through their diaries, biographies and interviews with them now, women from all parts of society and all parts of the country Their experiences both similar and different give a vivid picture of some really hard and trying times It s not dramatic as war time stories usually are, because their lives were seldom at the front, their lot was to make the everyday life work, and trying to take care of the jobs left by the men who had left for war and of course, helping out in the army in many important ways The problems were many, all the way from not being able to buy stockings which might sound like a silly problems, but when working in offices that forbade women wearing trousers and the rationing of fabrics which made the skirts even shorter during the war, it really was a problem to being bombed out of your home and to loose your loved ones It is an interesting read, and it gives a vivid pictures of all the problems these women had to face It s not an upbeat story, but it can very well bring you to tears from time to time.I also really like that a large portion of the book also is devoted to what happened afterwards which is quite important too when things were beginning to return to the way they had been before, but with people whose lives had been heavily influenced by these trying years. 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 War.I 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. I found this a fascinating window into women s lives in WWII The author follows many women, from a wide variety of social classes, occupations, and backgrounds through the war, including the introduction of female conscription I found it hard to keep track of all the women, and so didn t feel much connection to many, but the overall picture, of the changes demanded of women and how that did and didn t change society as a whole, as well as what changed back after the war, were very interestingly portrayed I also found the reality of their lives surprisingly different from how that period it is portrayed in the media today. This book was an excellently written and enjoyable study of the period I couldn t put it down I recommend it to anyone interested in women s lives, British history and or the Second World War.I must say, however, that I found it regrettable that the book completely ignored lesbians For such a thorough and well researched book about women of all ages, walks of life and regions a book that put great emphasis on their love and sex lives it was a shame that the only mention was of one woman being hit on by a scary, mannish lesbian once.From reading the book, one would think everyone in Britain in the forties was straight Even a quick mention of the hidden and taboo aspect of these lives would have been better than silence. *DOWNLOAD EPUB ↬ Millions Like Us: Women's Lives During the Second World War ☜ In Millions Like Us Virginia Nicholson 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 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 Grew Up In Yorkshire And 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 Living , And 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 Sussex In my final term at university, I studied a module on 1940s Film and Literature and basically I fell in love with a whole different time period You may or may not have noticed that I love history on a completely amateur basis For me, this is the best way, I seriously considered studying it at university but decided not to, this way I don t have to do the research, I just read the books so I still get the stories For me, history at its best is a collection of well written stories and in this respect Virginia Nicholson delivers and then some This book is fantastic.For my full review I adore history, particularly that which deals with women, and Nicholson has presented her information so well in this book She states that she wanted to find out not only what the did in the war, but what the war did to them and how it changed their subsequent lives and relationships Nicholson has focused upon a wealth of women from so many different walks of life, merging history with biography, and bringing some fascinating characters to the forefront of her work We meet, through her words, famous diarists like Nella Last and Mollie Panter Downes, the privileged in society, and novelists such as Nina Bawden and Barbara Cartland The chronological structure which Nicholson has adopted works so well, as did the sectioning of information into short chapters, all of which dealt with a different element of wartime life for women from rationing to conscription.