Life of a Teenager in Wartime London


By: Duncan Leatherdale
Foreword by: Glennis Leatherdale

Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 164
ISBN: 9781473894969
Published: 30th October 2017
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

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Life of a Teenager in Wartime London

Life in wartime London evokes images of the Blitz, of air-raid shelters and rationing, of billeted soldiers and evacuated children. These are familiar, collective memories of what life was like in wartime London, yet there remains an often neglected area of our social history: what was life like for teenagers and young people living in London during the Second World War?

While children were evacuated and many of their friends and family went to fight, there were many who stayed at home despite the daily threat of air raids and invasion. How did those left behind live, work and play in the nation's capital between 1939 and 1945? Using the diary entries of nineteen-year-old trainee physiotherapist Glennis 'Bunty' Leatherdale, along with other contemporary accounts, Life of a Teenager in Wartime London is a window into the life of a young person finding their way in the world. It shows how young people can cope no matter the dangers they face, be it from bombs or boys, dances or death.

 




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