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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Sounds fascinating. I just read about another book recently published about what what people in the services wore. Can’t remember the name of it at the moment!

    1. This book explains that the coupons for clothing decreased over time, and of course, rationing continued long after the war, so people got quite adept at making do. I have another book on my list about women’s clothes in WWII and I’m looking forward to that one as well (no silk for stockings! Everything was saved for parachutes and other war-related uses!). It seems a lot of the services working on the Home Front started with no proper uniforms, just an armband or a badge, but eventually some ended up wearing full uniforms, hats and helmets included.
      Have a lovely week, Mary.

  2. I really like the sound of this book, Olga. I often wonder what would happen if there was a war now. I don’t believe the English youth of today, complacent with their benefits and easy lives, would want to go to war to defend their country. America is different, there is a lot of patriotism in the US.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It’s difficult to imagine people would pull together, because the population, in general, is much more varied than it was at the time, although in times of major catastrophes and disasters, a lot of people seem to find their community spirit, but it’s not something most of us would like to see put to the test.
      I remember reading in a book I reviewed recently about human beings being better than we think, that during the war the Germans had assumed that by bombing Britain, they would discourage the population, but the opposite seemed to be the case, and that not only happened in Britain but in many other places (I can’t recall if it’s in this book, or it is just mentioned here, but I’ve seen a picture of a shop in London, following the Blitz, that had suffered a bombing and had all the store windows shattered, and the owner had put up a sign “More open than usual”. Stiff upper lip and all that).
      I thought you’d be interested in this book, Robbie. I know you and your mother have written about her memories of this period. Have a lovely week.

  3. Fantastic Olga and very timely… One of my WIPs is set in my mother’s village from 1939 to 1940 and whilst I have her memories and a number of books set in the area at that time, this will be a great addition to the research pile… Will get on my next run to Amazon.

    1. Yes, it should be very useful for that, Sally (I like the sound of your WIP already). There is a picture of a war wedding and it reminded me of the picture of your parents’ wedding that you have shared on your blog. I find that being able to see the objects help me imagine the period much more vividly. You might want to check the Pen & Sword website as well, as they tend to have good offers. Have a lovely week.

        1. Yes, you are lucky. Some people only know what they’ve seen in movies or read about. Enjoy a fantastic week.

  4. This would have been useful for research on my latest serial, which is set in WW2. Looks like a great resource, Olga.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, the pictures are great and the text is informative and enjoyable. I know you love to read and write historical fiction, and it’s always good to have a new resource.

  5. dgkaye says:

    This sounds very interesting Olga. My curiosity has me heading over to look inside <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. This is a lovely gift, for yourself or anybody else. I hope you have a great week. Keep safe.

      1. dgkaye says:

        It really is Olga. Thank you, and you too, stay saf and cool <3

        1. 🙂

  6. Thanks, Olga – this sounds deeply moving and informative. Toni x

    1. Thanks, Toni. The author manages to bring objects and people back to life. It’s a great homage to all those who contributed with their effort to the victory, but don’t always get recognised. Take care.

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