JAMBUSTERS THE REMARKABLE STORY WHICH HAS INSPIRED THE ITV DRAMA HOME FIRES

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Home Fires

Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : 9781101991961
Genre : History
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The basis for the PBS Masterpiece series starring Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Cranford) Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role in their country’s war effort. As members of the Women’s Institute, an organization with a presence in a third of Britain’s villages, they ran canteens and knitted garments for troops, collected tons of rosehips and other herbs to replace medicines that couldn’t be imported, and advised the government on issues ranging from evacuee housing to children’s health to postwar reconstruction. But they are best known for making jam: from produce they grew on every available scrap of land, they produced twelve million pounds of jam and preserves to feed a hungry nation. Home Fires, Julie Summers’s fascinating social history of the Women’s Institute during the war (when its members included the future Queen Elizabeth II along with her mother and grandmother), provides the remarkable and inspiring true story behind the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series that will be sure to delight fans of Call the Midwife and Foyle’s War. Through archival material and interviews with current and former Women’s Institute members, Home Fires gives us an intimate look at life on the home front during World War II. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: History

Jambusters

Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : 1444825682
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The Second World War was the WI's finest hour. The whole of their previous history - two decades of educating, entertaining, supporting women and campaigning on women's issues - culminated in a collective desire to 'do their bit' for Britain. With all the vigour, energy and enthusiasm at their disposal, a third of a million country women set out to make their lives and the lives of those around them more bearable in what they described as a 'period of insanity'. Through archive material and interviews with many WI members, Julie Summers takes us behind the scenes, revealing their nitty-gritty approach to the daily problems presented by the conflict. This is the compelling true story of how the Women's Institute pulled rural Britain through the war with pots of jam and a spirit of make-do-and-mend.
Category: Large type books

Jambusters

Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : 1471139506
Genre : World War, 1939-1945
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The compelling true story that inspired the forthcoming major ITV drama series HOME FIRES. The Second World War was the WI's finest hour. The whole of its previous history - two decades of educating, entertaining and supporting women and campaigning on women's issues - culminated in the enormous collective responsibility felt by the members to 'do their bit' for Britain. With all the vigour, energy and enthusiasm at their disposal, a third of a million country women set out to make their lives and the lives of those around them more bearable in what they described as 'a period of insanity'. Through archive material and interviews with many WI members, Julie Summers takes us behind the scenes, revealing their nitty-gritty approach to the daily problems presented by the conflict. Jambusters is the fascinating story of how the Women's Institute pulled rural Britain through the war with pots of jam and a spirit of make-do-and-mend.
Category: World War, 1939-1945

Stranger In The House

Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : 9781847399380
Genre : History
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'It is as if I have been waiting for someone to ask me these questions for almost the whole of my life' From 1945, more than four million British servicemen were demobbed and sent home after the most destructive war in history. Damaged by fighting, imprisonment or simply separation from their loved ones, these men returned to a Britain that had changed in their absence. In Stranger in the House, Julie Summers tells the women's story, interviewing over a hundred women who were on the receiving end of demobilisation: the mothers, wives, sisters, who had to deal with an injured, emotionally-damaged relative; those who assumed their fiancés had died only to find them reappearing after they had married another; women who had illegitimate children following a wartime affair as well as those whose steadfast optimism was rewarded with a delightful reunion. Many of the tales are moving, some are desperately sad, others are full of humour but all provide a fascinating account of how war altered ordinary women's lives forever.
Category: History

Fashion On The Ration

Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : 9781782830979
Genre : Design
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In September 1939, just three weeks after the outbreak of war, Gladys Mason wrote briefly in her diary about events in Europe: 'Hitler watched German siege of Warsaw. City in flames.' And, she continued, 'Had my wedding dress fitted. Lovely.' For Gladys Mason, and for thousands of women throughout the long years of the war, fashion was not simply a distraction, but a necessity - and one they weren't going to give up easily. In the face of bombings, conscription, rationing and ludicrous bureaucracy, they maintained a sense of elegance and style with determination and often astonishing ingenuity. From the young woman who avoided the dreaded 'forces bloomers' by making knickers from military-issue silk maps, to Vogue's indomitable editor Audrey Withers, who balanced lobbying government on behalf of her readers with driving lorries for the war effort, Julie Summers weaves together stories from ordinary lives and high society to provide a unique picture of life during the Second World War. As a nation went into uniform and women took on traditional male roles, clothing and beauty began to reflect changing social attitudes. For the first time, fashion was influenced not only by Hollywood and high society but by the demands of industrial production and the pressing need to 'make-do-and-mend'. Beautifully illustrated and full of gorgeous detail, Fashion on the Ration lifts the veil on a fascinating era in British fashion.
Category: Design

When The Children Came Home

Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : 9781847377340
Genre : History
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A moving and revealing insight into the real experiences of children evacuated during WWII and the families they left behind On 1 September 1939 Operation Pied Piper bgan to place the children of Britain's industrial cities beyond the reach of the Luftwaffe. 1.5 million children, pregnant women and schoolteachers were evacuated in 3 days. A further 2 million children were evacuated privately; the largest mass evacuation of children in British history. Some children went abroad, others were sent to institutions, but the majority were billeted with foster families. Some were away for weeks or months, others for years. Homecoming was not always easy and a few described it as more difficult than going away in the first place. In When the Children Came Home Julie Summers tells us what happened when these children returned to their families. She looks at the different waves of British evacuation during WWII and explores how they coped both in the immediate aftermath of the war, and in later life. For some it was a wonderful experience that enriched their whole lives, for others it cast a long shadow, for a few it changed things for ever. Using interviews, written accounts and memoirs, When the Children Came Homeweaves together a collection of personal stories to create a warm and compelling portrait of wartime Britain from the children's perspective.
Category: History

Keep The Home Fires Burning

Author : S. Block
ISBN : 9781785763618
Genre : Fiction
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Perfect for fans Donna Douglas and Annie Groves, comes a novel that will delight everyone that loved Call the Midwife and Foyle's War. The first in a fabulous new series from the creator of ITV smash-hit Home Fires. Will the war make or break them? In Britain's darkest hour, an extraordinary community of women strive to protect the Home Front, but when an enemy plane crashes into the village, every one of their lives will change for ever . . . As Chair of Great Paxford's WI Frances Barden feels under pressure to hold the community together, but she finds herself struggling as her factory is shut down and her husband's secret child arrives at her door. Pat Simms received a respite when her husband went to report on the war, but now he's home. The WI might be her only place of refuge. Newlyweds Teresa and Nick should be happy. But the plane crash on their wedding day may just be the first of many trials, as Teresa struggles with a secret that has the potential to ruin both their lives. Meanwhile, the Campbell family must come together to deal with a devastating illness, and Alison finds new purpose in helping the influx of strangers to the village. Through it all the WI provides support and camaraderie. But is their combined strength enough to get them through the war? Keep the Home Fires Burning is also available as a four-part ebook serial that begins with Part One: Spitfire Down!. Look out for the second book in this fabulous series coming in 2018. Search 9781785764301. What you are saying about Keep the Home Fires Burning: 'I'd put it on par with Call the Midwife . . . great characters and a strong story . . .' 'Love, love, love this book!!!' 'Beautiful, nuanced characters . . . you'll find yourself laughing and crying along with everyone in Great Paxford' 'It is so warm, pulling you into the lives of these strong courageous women, sharing their deepest fears and highest joys . . . Wonderfully compelling' 'Read it all in one sitting. I can hardly wait for the next instalment' 'An excellent story' 'I absolutely adore these books' 'I have enjoyed these books immensely' 'I feel like I actually know the Great Paxford community and their struggles. So looking forward to the next book' 'Has me sitting on the edge of my seat' 'Several scenes brought tears to both my husband and my eyes . . .' 'Wonderful story, great characterisations and full of personal valour!' 'Could not stop reading . . . you feel such empathy with the characters and the storylines are so gripping and involve the reader emotionally' 'This story just gets more interesting' 'Absolutely brilliant book, couldn't put it down' 'Can't wait for the next book' 'Well-rounded, diverse and complex characters' 'Wasn't sure it would be as good as TV, but was I wrong . . . couldn't put it down' 'Totally wonderful in every way' 'Loved it, couldn't put it down' 'I can't wait to read the next book' 'Excellent' 'Looking forward to the next instalment already' 'Love reading about these characters and their storylines. Five stars' 'Savouring every scene' 'I highly recommend this book and I am anxiously looking forward to the next book!' 'I just love this book' 'Brilliant' 'I can't wait to read the next book' 'Loved the TV series. Loved the book' 'I just want more and more'
Category: Fiction

Be A Better Dad Today

Author : Gregory W. Slayton
ISBN : 9781441225696
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Be a Better Dad Today! is a global bestseller for a reason: it's one of the best books on fatherhood you will ever read. Warmly endorsed by dozens of America's best-known and most respected fathers, the book lays out the "Ten Tools of Fatherhood" that will help every dad who uses them. The book is the product of Slayton's thirty-year study of fatherhood on five different continents, his research, and his own experience raising four children with his wife of twenty-six years. Slayton's easy-to-read, friendly style makes it a fun read, and the many great real-life stories bring it to life. Be a Better Dad Today! is an inspirational, encouraging, and down-to-earth guidebook for every father who wants to be a better dad--for his family's sake and his own. With humor, empathy, common sense, and engaging stories, Slayton reveals proven and powerful tools and techniques that will help every dad fulfill his God-given responsibilities. Whether parenting younger or older kids, boys or girls, blended families or as a single dad (or even as a father-to-be), readers will find wise insights and practical, doable action steps for becoming the best dad they can be. The book makes a great gift for Father's Day, Christmas, birthdays, or any day. And since the Slaytons are dedicating 100 percent of all royalties from the book to fatherhood and family charities serving the US Military and at-risk families, your purchase will a blessing to the fathers and families who serve our nation every day.
Category: Family & Relationships

Women S Century

Author : Val Horsler
ISBN : 9781908990747
Genre : History
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FOR TABLET DEVICES. Foreword by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and Preface by Julie Summers, bestselling author of Jambusters. In a century that has seen the role of women in both domestic and public life change irrevocably, the role of the Women's Institute in effecting change has often gone unappreciated. From the barracking of Tony Blair at their AGM in 2000, through the extraordinary story of the WI Calendar Girls, and after a hundred years of campaigning and solidarity, the WI is enjoying a resurgence in popularity among younger city-dwelling women, while remaining firmly rooted in its rural origins. Women's Century celebrates the WI's centenary in 2015, calling attention to the indispensable role it has played in the development of women's rights. From its establishment in a 1915 Britain suffering the rigours of war in Europe, the WI has become the UK's most popular women's organisation, playing a crucial role in encouraging women's education and equal pay, prison reform and, more recently, AIDS awareness and fair trade. Focusing on powerful images of the WI and its work, the book tells its story to a new generation of men and women, whose forebears 100 years ago could never have imagined the force their fledgling new organisation would become.
Category: History

Don T Forget To Write

Author : Pam Hobbs
ISBN : 9781407029764
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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'Dad walked determinedly down the path, joined by two neighbours with five children between them. As we reached the corner of Kent Avenue, I looked back for one last wave. But Mum had buried her head in her pinny and it was a year before I saw her again.' In June 1940, 10-year-old Pam Hobbs and her sister Iris took the long journey from their council home in Leigh-on-Sea to faraway rural Derbyshire. Living away from Mum and Dad for two long years, Pam was moved between four foster homes. In some she and Iris found a second family, with babies to look after, car rides and picnics, and even a pet pig. But other billets took a more sinister turn, as the adults found it easy to exploit the children in their care. Returning to Essex, things would never be the same again, and the war was far from over. Making do with rations, dodging bombs and helping with the war effort, Pam and her family struggled to get by. In Don't Forget to Write, with warmth and vivid detail, Pam describes a time that was full of overwhelming hardship and devastation; yet also of kindness and humour, resilience and courage.
Category: Biography & Autobiography