The Spirit of the Age and Other Stories From the Home Front by E. M. Delafield

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The book is delightfully full of English matrons in tweeds and their – ever so slightly hen pecked – husbands stoutly getting on with things in the face of adversity, rationing and war. As it was published in 1942, neither they nor the readers of the time knew what would come next but to be sure, they had no doubt of the final outcome.
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First published variously by Punch Magazine, E. M Delafield’s The Spirit of the Age is a new collection that truly captures the impact of WW2 on the Home Front...

The people of Little Fiddle-on-the-Green lived a very peaceful life. They went to cricket matches. They discussed the works of Shakespeare. They lived quintessential, British country lives.

That was before the War started.

Before the Germans tried to drop bombs on their heads.

That was an inconvenience indeed!

As the war years drag on, the people of Little Fiddle-on-the-Green still carry on with a smile on their faces, but the village talks turn to Hitler and Mussolini as well as gardens, dinner parties and games.

After all, there are far more pressing things than politics to discuss…

It will take more than the threat of total invasion to knock the British people off their stride.

E. M Delafield’s The Spirit of the Age is a collection that brilliantly captures the impact of the war with the author's characteristic wit and charm.

Praise for E.M. Delafield

“a marvellous ear for dialogue and an unerringly accurate social sense” -Jilly Cooper, The Guardian

“an almost uncanny gift for converting the small and familiar dullnesses of everyday life into laughter” -The Times

“the pure essence of comedy” -New York Herald Tribune

Edmée Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, commonly known as E. M. Delafield, was a prolific English author. She is best known for her largely autobiographical Diary of a Provincial Lady, which took the form of a journal of the life of an upper-middle class Englishwoman living mostly in a Devon village of the 1930s.
 

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Published March 30, 2017 by The Odyssey Press. 190 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jayne on Apr 15 2017

The book is delightfully full of English matrons in tweeds and their – ever so slightly hen pecked – husbands stoutly getting on with things in the face of adversity, rationing and war. As it was published in 1942, neither they nor the readers of the time knew what would come next but to be sure, they had no doubt of the final outcome.

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