Byb Megan Westley
(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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