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World War II

A Family in Wartime

How the Second World War Shaped the Lives of a Generation

Maureen Waller, in association with the Imperial War Museum [9781844861514]

Publisher: Conway
Published: July 2012
224 pages
ISBN: 1-84486-151-1
ISBN13: 9781844861514
$29.95 US
$35.95 Canadian
Hardcover with Jacket
100 color photos, 100 b/w photos
7 1/2 X 9 3/4
Carton Quantity: 10
Territory: US/Can

A Family in Wartime explores the trials, tribulations, and jubilations collectively experienced by the British public from 1939-1945. Drawing on firsthand accounts and the personal archives of the Allpress family, the book chronicles the life of a typical London family during World War II--from the morale-boosting campaigns, films, and songs to air raids, evacuations, and rationing. Special attention is paid to the aftershocks of war: couples reunited after years of separation, the residual effects of female independence, and children becoming reacquainted with their long-absent combat-stricken fathers.


Maureen Waller is a writer and historian with a Master's at Queen Mary College, London. She is the author of 1700: Scenes from London Life and Ungrateful Daughters: The Stuart Princesses Who Stole their Father's Crown.