In the Mail: Nella Last in the 1950's

Nella Last in the 1950s: The Further Diaries of Housewife, 49

From the Publisher:

“I can never understand how the scribbles of such an ordinary person, leading a shut-in, dull life, can possibly have value.” So wrote Nella Last in her diary on September 2, 1949. Sixty years on, tens of thousands of people have read and enjoyed the first two volumes of her diaries, written during World War II and its aftermath as part of the Mass Observation project, now the basis for BAFTA-winning TV drama Housewife 49 starring Victoria Wood.

This third compelling volume sees Nella, now in her sixties, writing of what ordinary people felt during those years of growing prosperity in a flourishing and modernizing Britain. Her diary offers a detailed, moving, and humorous narrative of the changing experiences of ordinary people at a time that shaped the society we live in today. It is an account that’s full of surprises as we learn more about her relationship with her husband and their fears of nuclear war. Outwardly Nella’s life was commonplace, but behind this mask were a lively mind and a persistent pen. As David Kynaston said on BBC Radio 4, she “will come to be seen as one of the major twentieth-century English diarists.”

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

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