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The Diaries of Nella Last


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A collected edition of bestselling author Nella Last's diaries, including substantial never-before published material from the war years

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Patricia and Robert Malcolmson are social historians with a special interest in Mass Observation. They have edited several MO Diaries, including Nella Last's Peace and Nella Last in the 1950s. The live in Nelson, British Columbia.


A fantastic story -- Victoria Wood
My gut feeling is that Nella will come to be seen as one of the major twentieth-century English diarists. -- David Kynaston, author of 'Austerity Britain'
Whatever her mood, Nella Last has the quality shared by all great diarists: of making her readers feel that however vast the differences between her life and ours, they are easily outweighed by the shared experiences of love and loss, disappointment and hope, that she describes with such artless humanity. * Daily Mail *
I relished it ... her personality is so powerful. -- Margaret Forster
An excellent correlative to the mantra "everyone has a novel in them". Some people are natural diarists and Nella is one of the best . . . She also used literary language in an entirely naturalistic way. -- Lesley McDowell * Sunday Herald *
An epic journal . . . What brings her diaries to life is their unpretentious freshness and honesty. -- Michael Kerrigan * Scotsman *

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