We Are at War: The Diaries of Five Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times

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We Are At War continues Simon Garfield's successful formula of interweaving five ordinary lives from the Mass-Observation archive begun with Our Hidden Lives. Of all the accounts written about the Second World War, none are more compelling than the personal diaries composed by those who lived through it. Beginning in the weeks before the war, and ending a year later with the Battle of Britain, the book will tell the story of the "phoney war" on the home front.

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Simon Garfield is the author of ten highly-acclaimed books of non-fiction. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham Prize.

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“Fascinating, delightful, illuminating. The diarists soon become like old friends . . . and make our wartime past seem no more distant than yesterday.”
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“Vibrant, lyrical and engrossing.”
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