London War Notes

By Mollie Panter-Downes

In 1939, Mollie Panter-Downes was a young and successful novelist, writing a weekly column for New Yorker magazine called ‘Letter from London’. In London War Notes – the omnibus edition of those columns – you’ll find vivid descriptions of the day-in, day-out grind of English life in wartime. The lack of staple foods, like ham and bread and eggs; the habitual nervous look towards the sky and expectation of air-raid sirens; children being evacuated and the realities of living under barrage ballons that glittered ‘like swollen fairy elephants, lolling against the blue’. You can tell already, can’t you – you’re going to love this book…

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