A Family In Wartime : How the Second World War Shaped the Lives of a Generation
Family in War provides genuine insight into life on the Home Front between 1939 and 1945. Drawing on the first-hand accounts and archives of the Allpresses - William and Alice and their nine surviving children - a typical large London family, the book covers the key themes of evacuation and conscription, air-raids and the realities of being bombed out, rationing and 'make do and mend', as well as the work of the Women's Voluntary Service, the transport network, factory work, and public health services during wartime. Morale-boosting campaigns and popular films, entertainers and songs all feature, evoking the spirit of the 1940s.
Much more than a nostalgia book about the Blitz spirit, however, the author investigates the social consequences of the war and its often overlooked aftershocks, such as the difficulties for couples reunited after years of separation, the residual effects of female independence, and the lowering of children's literacy during the period of evacuation. The book will resonate with modern families, and the Allpress experience is a testament to the strength of many British families during those traumatic war years.