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Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM By May Smith Duncan Marlor Juliet Gardiner

These Wonderful Rumours gives a unique and surprising insight into life on the Home Front We gain a new understanding of how the people of Britain coped with the uncertainty, the heartbreak and the black comedy of life during wartime.
  • Title: These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries
  • Author: May Smith Duncan Marlor Juliet Gardiner
  • ISBN: 9781844088102
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback


Susan Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
May Smith was a young teacher, living with her parents in Swadlincote, Debeyshire, when WWII started. When war began she was twenty four and she was thirty by VE day. I point this out as May's age, her fluctuating weight and her marital status are all of great importance to her throughout these pages. In other words she was a lovely, normal young woman - preoccupied too much with life to worry too much about world events. Although what happens to her throughout her war years obviously are record [...]
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Kirsty Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
These Wonderful Rumours! is the wartime diary of May Smith, a young schoolteacher from Swadlincote, Derbyshire. When the Second World War is declared, she is twenty-four years old and living with her parents. The diary has been wonderfully preserved by Smith’s son, Duncan, and has an insightful introduction, written by social historian Juliet Gardiner. Gardiner explains that war, with ‘its rationing, the blackout, shortages, privations, restrictions and regulations – as well as destruction [...]
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Penny Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
3.5"Sunday January 1st - Hello 1939! I wonder what variety of events you have awaiting us?"I've read a lot of WW2 diaries - the ones edited by Simon Garfield are particularly good. Whilst this diary isn't in the Garfield league I still thoroughly enjoyed spending a few years with May Smith. May was a school teacher in her mid twenties when the war began. She lived at home with her parents in the Derbyshire town of Swadlincote. Her somewhat ordinary, humdrum life was changed forever when war was [...]
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Dorian Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
May Smith was 25 when the Second World War began, living with her parents in a small town near Derby and teaching in the local school. Her diaries, as presented in this book, cover the period from December 1938 to January 1946, and record not only air-raids, the hazards of the black-out, the tiresomeness of rationing, friends being called up, and so on, but also her perennial preoccupations with clothes, boys, dances, tennis, and always being broke.May was a fan of The Provincial Lady, and it sh [...]
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Susann Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
The real WWII diaries of a schoolteacher in a Derbyshire village, beginning December, 1938 and ending January, 1946. May Smith was not writing for an audience, so it's fascinating to see how and when personal events trump war news in her diary. Bombings and rationing become the new normal, so what choice is there but to (and I can't believe I'm going to write this) carry on?May's teacher salary doesn't stretch far, but she manages to play tennis and go to the flicks. Her movie reviews were some [...]
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Louise Culmer Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Entertaining wartime diary by a young derbyshire schoolteacher. May Smith taught in a school where she seldom had fewer than forty pupils in her class, and obviously found it a hard job. her life was complicated by the fact that she had two boyfriends - Freddie and Doug, and couldn't make up her mind which she preferred. She managed to keep both of them dangling after her for several years before making up her mind - quite an achievement. In September 1942, May's mother voiced her most pressing [...]
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Alisha Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Reading the diary of a real person is a different experience from reading fiction. This one is a gem. May Smith was in her mid-20s when World War II broke out in Europe, and for several years she faithfully journalized events big and small, personal and national. I've read many books set in Britain during the years right around this war, and I have a high respect for the people living under these conditions. It's the era that produced "Keep Calm and Carry On" (the slogan was on posters that woul [...]
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Sam Still Reading Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
I first recall reading about this book in a magazine – a son had discovered his mother’s wartime diaries and had edited them into a book. I thought this sounded fascinating (as I quite enjoy reading about real life experiences during World War II) so I bought it and promptly forgot about it. That was quite stupid of me – this diary is wonderfully entertaining and the coolest thing about it is that it’s someone’s real life. No plotlines, no structure, just everything real. The interesti [...]
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Candice Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Never have the realities of wartime life for civilians during WWII ever come to life so vividly and charismatically for me as with the collected diaries of May Smith. Along with dilemmas over food rationing (who would have thought onions could be a luxury), housing of displaced youths and the midnight sirens, young May is consistently burdened with a perm that never sits right, a dressmaker who never makes the deadlines she promises, and two beaus she can't decide between. There is a gentle char [...]
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Laurie Glassel Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
I really enjoyed this book. May gives a fascinating description of everyday life during WWII. Found myself getting emotional at the end. If you enjoy historical diaries about the war I recommend this lovely book.
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Ken Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
This book is an absolute gem.Other reviewers have described the subject matter, and written from various viewpoints, mostly, it seems, from that of those born long after the war and who view and judge from a modern stance. One of them even employed an inaccurate and execrable modern term to describe the author's outings with a gentleman friend, seemingly having missed the point completely.These Wonderful Rumours! is accurate, it is engaging, and wonderfully absorbing. The more you read, especial [...]
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Ashirley Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
I adored this book! It probably doesn't deserve 5 stars, but if my level of enjoyment counts for anything it does. The diary was a very charming account of a young school teacher's experiences during the war. In addition to interesting details of air raids, rationing, and gas masks, the dairy also contained adorable accounts of dancing, tennis dates, new dresses and going to "the flicks." May was such a witty diarist! The way she described school as a "prison cell" and her job as a "lion tamer," [...]
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Kendall Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
A thoroughly enjoyable book. Engaged me fully from beginning to end, only wished it didn't have to end! A prefect marriage of seriousness and humour! Well written and completely captivating! Brilliant!!She may have focused on things that weren't exactly "important" but that's what is enjoyable. A true young woman, who is concerned about the things that all young women are, how to look beautiful without the means and how to enjoy food, but not get fat. The only difference in tis scenario is that [...]
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Amanda Meggs Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
May Smith's war time diaries are an interesting read, she seems younger than she is to me and is rather too focused on her meals and her newest dress/coat/hat/ She also didn't write about the important things that happened to her, perhaps feeling that she wouldn't forget how she felt about them. I found the regional information catching my attention as my parents were born not far from Derby and would have been young children at the time May was teaching.A good book, and I would have liked to ad [...]
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Michael Burge Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Like all diaries this is a gripping read in parts, and a bland read in others. May Smith reveals her prejudices, her hopes, her failures and successes against the danger of nightly air-raids and austerity, but also her own matters, such as tennis meets and weighing-up her potential husbands.Almost from the start I didn't warm to her, but her journey in those years is a gripping one.As a record of the way of life "saved" by Britain winning the war, this work is fascinating and enlightening.
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Sally George Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Light and amusing. Life goes on - a real diary so the tedious and mundane side of life too which was so well written to make it interesting and part of her life story. This was a 'feel good' book of a young woman coping with WW2, remaining cheerful, enthusiastic and positive. Two things happened in one year which changed her life and both were unrelated to the War. It was a pleasure to read. What happened to the generous and patient admirer she didn't choose I wonder.
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Erica Fairs Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Set during the years of World War II, this book, in the form of a diary, is the true story of May, a young schoolteacher and her struggles with unruly pupils, rationing, air raids and the attention of Freddie, her erstwhile boyfriend. Written with a light touch and an easy read, the reader gets a 'taste' of life during wartime, albeit in a rather quiet backwater of the country, so you'll not find the true 'horror' of war in these pages, but it's none the worse for that.
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Tinanz Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Clothes, work, boys, tennis, air raids, rationing, bombs. A fascinating mixture of world-shaking events and how people just coped. May writes wittily and this is a pleasant light read, alhough there's a frustrating lack of detail around her major life events and maybe a little too much on her every shopping trip. Of course, this is a real person's diary and not a carefully edited memoir, so perhaps it honestly reflects the realities of how one gets through six long years of war.
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Joanna Warrens Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
This is a very good account of WW2 as seen through the eyes of a young woman. I struggled a bit in the beginning because May was a little silly. I soon realized however how different diaries are from memoirs. For example she barely talks about her teaching job and focuses on areas of her life more important to her like dating,clothes and money. So if you expect the book to be like Gervase Phinn you will be disappointed. Because they are her diaries they are honest and true to her and her times.
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Nicole Naunton Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
A dear little account of a school teacher's English country life during WW2. May escapes any significant grief or loss as a result of the war so what you get is an insight into day to day life during that period and, interestingly, the more mundane aspects of war, such as rationing, shortages and maintaining normalcy for the school children she taught. It was a matter of Keep Calm And Carry On for May and her town.
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Sarah Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Fascinating real life diary of a Derbyshire schoolteacher in WW2. This book gives a real insight into the home front away from the "front line" of London which is so often written about. If you enjoyed Nella Last's diaries, or the fictional Diary of a Provincial Woman (by E M Delafield, much admired by the diarist)then you will love this.
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Verity W Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Not as great as I was hoping it would be, but still an interesting insight into the wartime world through the eyes of a teacher in Derbyshire. Who knew how good the buses were! But seriously, it's also a really good insight into things like rationing, evacuation etc.
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Linda Chadwick Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
I enjoyed this very much. You have to remember that it is a real diary, not fiction so parts of it are quite mundane and tedious, just like life. I was glad she had a successful marriage to Fred. It didn't look too promising for a while. Recommended if you are interested in life on the Home Front.
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Kathryn Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
Interesting to see WWII from an average persons point of view, quite enjoyed it though it wasn't anything spectacular.
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MsAprilVincent Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
I know it's a wartime diary, but it could have used a LOT of editing.
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Terry Perotti Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
It is a lovely, light read that can be picked up and put down easily. Loved the insight to every day life during the war to an ordinary 25 year old. Not too different to today I would think.
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Linda Badcock Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
This book gives a really good picture of life during WWII.
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Emily Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
This is good bedtime reading as it requires little concentration. It is light and amusing yet it conveys the hardships that those 'back home' faced during WW2. I thorougly enjoyed it.
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Tamara Sep 24, 2020 - 21:24 PM
A bit slow at times but an interesting account of life during the war.
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These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries By May Smith Duncan Marlor Juliet Gardiner These Wonderful Rumours gives a unique and surprising insight into life on the Home Front We gain a new understanding of how the people of Britain coped with the uncertainty, the heartbreak and the black comedy of life during wartime.

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