A Mother in Tadworth, Surrey in 1940 - The Wartime Diary of Daidie Penna, edited by P & R Malcolmson

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A Mother in Tadworth, Surrey in 1940 - The Wartime Diary of Daidie Penna, edited by P & R Malcolmson
Published by the Banstead History Research Group, 102 pages. Paperback (N8120)


From the rear side cover: Daidie Penna was one of tens of thousands of British mothers who, with the outbreak of war in early September 1939, left home with their children to live, temporarily, in what were thought to be safer regions of the country. In February 1940 she returned to her home in Tadworth, Surrey. What was most unusual about Daidie was that she could write well, was already a published author (under the pseudonym Valerie Lane), and kept a diary during about half of the first year of the war - a detailed, observant, spirited, and wide-ranging diary. This is a document that vividly evokes the life and times of a mother and wife from south-east England who lived near but not in London, and who was keenly interested in the world beyond her family, notably what she witnessed in public life and heard from others. She was just the sort of volunteer reporter that Mass Observation, the social research organisation for which she wrote, hoped to recruit.

Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover