Byb Megan West­ley

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - THE GUIDE -

(AAm­ber­ley Pub­lish­ing, 28 88 pages, £9.99) OfO the many books that I have re ead on the Se­cond World War, th his must rank as one of the mostm in­ter­est­ing and read­able.

Megan West­ley was born long af­ter the events of which she is writ­ing but her re­search has been ex­tremely ex­haus­tive. In­stead of the usual style of just re­lat­ing the facts, she has taken a novel way of tack­ling her sub­ject. For a whole year she re­lived those dark days as though she were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing them at first hand. She lived on ra­tions, ‘dug for Vic­tory’ and had to ‘make do and mend’.

Dur­ing that year she kept a di­ary and this forms the ba­sis of her book. Each chap­ter be­gins with a time­line de­tail­ing the events of the months that the chap­ter cov­ers, and the book is pep­pered through­out with recipes of the pe­riod and some very in­ter­est­ing pho­to­graphs.

Her friends thought she was mad when she an­nounced her in­ten­tions but at the end of the book she lists all the things that she learned from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

It is re­fresh­ing to find a book writ­ten in such a unique way. It would be of great as­sis­tance to young peo­ple study­ing the pe­riod as well as a touch of nos­tal­gia for those who lived through it. I would highly rec­om­mend read­ing it.

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