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    • ISBN:9780748132713
    • Publication date:01 Nov 2012

These Wonderful Rumours!

A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945

By May Smith

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'The People's War' comes to life in this wonderful diary of life on the Home Front during World War Two.

May Smith is twenty-four at the outbreak of World War Two; at night, the sirens wail, and the young men of the village leave to fight. But still, ordinary life goes on: May goes shopping, plays tennis, takes holidays and even falls in love - while recording it faithfully in her diary.

'May is simply a joy, a bright spark in dark times' The Times

Biographical Notes

May Smith was born in 1914 in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire. She trained to be a teacher at Goldsmiths College, London. For many years she kept a diary, with a record of her life and her reading. After her first post at an all age elementary school in Swadlincote, in 1937 she moved to Springfield, a new Swadlincote junior school, where she taught during the Second World War. After marriage and children and a break from full-time teaching, she returned to Springfield, where she remained until her retirement in 1975. She died in 2004.

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  • ISBN: 9781844088119
  • Publication date: 12 Sep 2013
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Virago
I grew to love every single detail. This is what it really must have been like to live through the war in Derbyshire on a teacher's salary with no car. I was fascinated — Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Spectator
May Smith is simply a joy, a bright spark in dark times — Iain Finlayson, The Times
Well written, witty and absorbing, Smith's chronicles give us an insight into the life and impact of the war in a small English village — Nilima Marshall, Yorkshire Evening Post
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