Henrietta's War

Henrietta's War

News From the Home Front 1939-1942

Book - 2010
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Spirited Henrietta wishes she was the kind of doctor's wife who knew exactly how to deal with the daily upheavals of war. But then, everyone in her close-knit Devonshire village seems to find different ways to cope: there's the indomitable Lady B, who writes to Hitler every night to tell him precisely what she thinks of him; the terrifyingly efficient Mrs Savernack, who relishes the opportunity to sit on umpteen committees and boss everyone around; flighty, flirtatious Faith who is utterly preoccupied with the latest hats and flashing her shapely legs; and then there's Charles, Henrietta's hard-working husband who manages to sleep through a bomb landing in their neighbour's garden.

With life turned upside down under the shadow of war, Henrietta chronicles the dramas, squabbles and loyal friendships that unfold in her affectionate letters to her 'dear childhood friend' Robert. Warm, witty and perfectly observed, Henrietta's War brings to life a sparkling community of determined troupers who pull together to fight the good fight with patriotic fervour and good humour.

Henrietta's War is part of The Bloomsbury Group, a new library of books from the early twentieth-century chosen by readers for readers.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2010, c1985
Edition: Pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781608190492
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 158 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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Mar 23, 2011

A gem of a book. Based on a collection of material written for Sketch magazine during WW2 by Joyce Dennys.

Henrietta's War is series of letters from Henrietta Brown to her childhood friend, Robert, who is overseas with the army. They're full of the daily life of a doctor's wife in a Devonshire village during World War II and describes the sorrows and antics of her friends and neighbours as they try valiantly to keep calm and carry on, which is tough when you're afraid of bombs and worried sick about your children, friends and neighbours who are away at the front. However, Henrietta, husband Charles, the indomitable Lady B, Mrs Savernack, the Conductor, Faith and the other villagers muddle through. Highly recommended, as is the sequel, Henrietta Sees It Through, which continues the story to 1945.


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