The Diaries of Nella Last: Writing in War and Peace


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100. Reading a Secret WW1 Diary (Soft Spoken)

My husband had to go to Ulverston and we decided to go on to have a look at frozen Windermere, if the roads were not too bad. We felt a queer awe at the steel grey sheet that was the friendly rippling lake of summer — it looked austere and remote. The sun was smiling behind a shoulder of a hill, and its slanting rays seemed to lick out every shorn hillside, every ugly gaping gully where trees had been dragged to the road. There was not a sound anywhere. An awful stillness seemed on everything and that queer atavistic desolation gripped me.

I felt thankful to leave the unfamiliar scene. The hills around were patched rather than crowned with snow. The fields were white instead of freshly ploughed as they should have been by March, and heaps of dung stood frozen and useless.


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I wonder if it will mean a bad crop and harvest, with so late a season. Heavy sullen clouds rolled in from the sea, looking as if we would have more snow, and we were glad to get home to a fire and our tea, with the table drawn close to it. One thing I wish I could do is reach across the decades and reassure Nella Last that she is a talented writer — and that her writings would not be forgotten.

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Here is a glimmer that she understood this herself — and yet the terrible fact that she did not realise her own worth and the books which would eventually be published! She is a fine example of making the most of any situation — and an even better example of the powers of keen observation. To her perceptive eye, nothing could be dull — and we are forever lucky that she kept this diary for so many years. I'd seen the TV adaptation but lost track of whose diaries it was based on — thanks for the reminder, and now I have two books to look for.

The Diaries of Nella Last: Writing in War & Peace

Lovely review! I have now read 'War' thanks to your recommendation — it was one of my absolute favourite reads this year and 'Peace' and have the 's' lined up.

I found 'Peace' very melancholy in tone. She is so thwarted at every turn by hearth, health and husband — it was very sad.

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Yet she doesn't sink — I expect the diary plays a big role in her survival — and I found her ability to grasp the big picture and sum it up so simply continued to shine through as in 'War' for instance, her remarks on the decline of personal responsibility as the villages become modern suburbs [p]. Such a pity she didn't have the opportunities to shine until now.

Enjoyed your review, and I'm so glad you liked Nella Last's diaries — they are favourites of mine. She has such an individual voice, commenting on local and national issues, as well as revealing her own thoughts and describing the Barrow area and the people who lived there. Every time I read her I think how much she would have loved blogging and the opportunity to communicate with others.

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What a wonderful writer and how tragic that all she could do was communicate with her diaries. And why oh why have I not read these books which are clearly exactly right for me, given my seemingly unquenchable appetite for everything written at this period. Must rectify this soon. I adore Nella Last, have read 'War' and 'Peace' and am currently reading 's'. My late mother was a bit younger than Nella and we're Americans, but there are so many similarities between them.

They both sucked it up and plowed on even when things were grim and they were unhappy. They sewed and cooked and made use of every scrap to better their families. My mother was never as outspoken as Nella, except when someone else's well-being or happiness was at stake. Toggle navigation. Note: Cover may not represent actual copy or condition available.

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