At 11.15 am on 3rd September 1939, Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister, made a radio broadcastwhich was to change the face of the world forever.
He announced that because of Germany’s invasion of Poland, and her refusal to withdraw, Great Britain was now at war with Germany.
Throughout the next five years, Marjorie Redman, a sub-editor at the BBC’s The Listener magazine, kept an amazing diary, chronicling the political and military events of the war, and juxtaposing them with the everyday life of a professional woman and her friends getting on with life in London and nearby places.
It describes the pleasure of going to concerts and the depression of losing friends, but most of all it gives a real day to day insight into how a section of the British population coped with the turmoil of living through a long and grinding war, where civilians and their homes were in the front line.
Her closeness to the News Service, and her ability to describe what she saw and felt at work and at leisure, put Marjorie Redman in a unique position to build an intriguing overview of everyday living during World War II.
This book is an exact facsimile of Marjorie Redman’s diary. The only editing is that which she did herself at the time. The Diary was not written for publication, but gives such valuable insights into how Marjorie, her family and friends coped with difficult times that, once found, it cried out for a wider audience. Both the interested reader and scholars of the Second World War will find it fascinating.