A book from my Home Front collection, that I've had for years. Christmas at War by Caroline Taggart which I wrote about last Saturday is reminiscences written recently, whereas A Wartime Christmas by Maria and Andrew Hubert tends to be made up of pieces from newspapers etc written at the time. It's quite good for dipping in and out of.
This is the amazon description.............
"For those who lived through wartime Christmases the celebrations during those years had an especially poignant flavour. This unique anthology recreates those times of heartache and brief moments of pleasurable escape and happiness. Share with wartime veterans and their families memories of Christmas under fire; read about the gift of a pig for POWs' dinner from the Japanese emperor and how Glenn Miller's disappearance almost ruined the AEF Christmas show; enjoy ENSA veterans' anecdotes of Christmas concerts in the most awkward situations. From Christmas on the Russian Front, on board ship in heaving seas and a soldier's experiences in Egypt, 'It ain't arf hot' pantomimes and the Archbishop of York's Christmas message in 1940, to an account of life in the Warsaw ghetto, here is a collection of what made Christmas special during the years of the Second World War. Illustrated throughout, it will appeal not only to those who have experienced wartime Christmas for themselves, but to all of those with an historical interest in the war."
And two long months after his last visit, Andrew the mobile library man was round with a lovely collection of 16 books that I'd requested.
What a treat..........
5 British Library Crime Classics, new books by Anne Perry, Ann Cleeves and Lissa Evans. 3 other fiction re-prints of old books, 4 Non-Fiction and Blitz Detective which I know nothing about.
If (and it's a probably a sure thing I reckon) - we are locked down again through January then I'll have plenty of reading.