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Home Fires

Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : 9781101991961
Genre : History
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The basis for the PBS Masterpiece series starring Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Cranford) Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role in their country’s war effort. As members of the Women’s Institute, an organization with a presence in a third of Britain’s villages, they ran canteens and knitted garments for troops, collected tons of rosehips and other herbs to replace medicines that couldn’t be imported, and advised the government on issues ranging from evacuee housing to children’s health to postwar reconstruction. But they are best known for making jam: from produce they grew on every available scrap of land, they produced twelve million pounds of jam and preserves to feed a hungry nation. Home Fires, Julie Summers’s fascinating social history of the Women’s Institute during the war (when its members included the future Queen Elizabeth II along with her mother and grandmother), provides the remarkable and inspiring true story behind the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series that will be sure to delight fans of Call the Midwife and Foyle’s War. Through archival material and interviews with current and former Women’s Institute members, Home Fires gives us an intimate look at life on the home front during World War II. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : 1444825682
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The Second World War was the WI's finest hour. The whole of their previous history - two decades of educating, entertaining, supporting women and campaigning on women's issues - culminated in a collective desire to 'do their bit' for Britain. With all the vigour, energy and enthusiasm at their disposal, a third of a million country women set out to make their lives and the lives of those around them more bearable in what they described as a 'period of insanity'. Through archive material and interviews with many WI members, Julie Summers takes us behind the scenes, revealing their nitty-gritty approach to the daily problems presented by the conflict. This is the compelling true story of how the Women's Institute pulled rural Britain through the war with pots of jam and a spirit of make-do-and-mend.

Jambusters The Story Of The Women S Institute In The Second World War

Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : OCLC:1050046261
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Le Manitoba

Author : Rachel Eagen
ISBN : 9780545989039
Genre : Manitoba
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Lord Selkirk and the Métis, fish and furs, Samuel Hearne and Louis Riel, fields and forests, polar bears and pigs: It's all about Manitoba -- past and present! With engaging colour photos and maps, explore Manitoba's history, culture, special landmarks, and people.

Essential Radio Skills

Author : Peter Stewart
ISBN : 9781408121795
Genre : Performing Arts
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Highly practical advice from a professional radio trainer and experienced broadcaster.

Making Vintage 1940s Clothes For Women

Author : Sarah Magill
ISBN : 9781785003110
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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The 1940s were an iconic period of women's dress history, with the familiar square shoulders, crepe tea dresses and seamed stockings paired with red lips, victory curls and head scarves. This book explains the period's sewing techniques and makes a range of 1940s outfits to recreate the look of those vintage years. With detailed step-by-step instruction and over 300 photographs, it captures the style of the time and explains the impact of wartime austerity on the cut and construction of women's dress. Contents include: historical context and details of government regulations of the time; instructions and patterns for recreating a range of women's clothes, including blouses, skirts, slacks, shirt frocks, evening dress and tea dresses; key techniques such as transfering pattern markings, making darts, fastenings and finishing touches; examples of how to complete the look with hairstyles, make-up, shoes and accessories. This new book will help you recreate the clothes and the vintage style of the 1940s 'make do' years, and will be of particular interest to costume designers, fashion designers and students, dress historians, historic revival and reenactment participants and home dressmakers with a general interest in vintage dress. Superbly illustrated with 331 photographs and patterns.

Fashion On The Ration

Author : Julie Summers
ISBN : 9781782830979
Genre : Design
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In September 1939, just three weeks after the outbreak of war, Gladys Mason wrote briefly in her diary about events in Europe: 'Hitler watched German siege of Warsaw. City in flames.' And, she continued, 'Had my wedding dress fitted. Lovely.' For Gladys Mason, and for thousands of women throughout the long years of the war, fashion was not simply a distraction, but a necessity - and one they weren't going to give up easily. In the face of bombings, conscription, rationing and ludicrous bureaucracy, they maintained a sense of elegance and style with determination and often astonishing ingenuity. From the young woman who avoided the dreaded 'forces bloomers' by making knickers from military-issue silk maps, to Vogue's indomitable editor Audrey Withers, who balanced lobbying government on behalf of her readers with driving lorries for the war effort, Julie Summers weaves together stories from ordinary lives and high society to provide a unique picture of life during the Second World War. As a nation went into uniform and women took on traditional male roles, clothing and beauty began to reflect changing social attitudes. For the first time, fashion was influenced not only by Hollywood and high society but by the demands of industrial production and the pressing need to 'make-do-and-mend'. Beautifully illustrated and full of gorgeous detail, Fashion on the Ration lifts the veil on a fascinating era in British fashion.

Romantiker Der Revolution

Author : Edward Hallett Carr
ISBN : STANFORD:36105217915037
Genre : Political Science
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Women S Century

Author : Val Horsler
ISBN : 9781908990747
Genre : History
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FOR TABLET DEVICES. Foreword by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and Preface by Julie Summers, bestselling author of Jambusters. In a century that has seen the role of women in both domestic and public life change irrevocably, the role of the Women's Institute in effecting change has often gone unappreciated. From the barracking of Tony Blair at their AGM in 2000, through the extraordinary story of the WI Calendar Girls, and after a hundred years of campaigning and solidarity, the WI is enjoying a resurgence in popularity among younger city-dwelling women, while remaining firmly rooted in its rural origins. Women's Century celebrates the WI's centenary in 2015, calling attention to the indispensable role it has played in the development of women's rights. From its establishment in a 1915 Britain suffering the rigours of war in Europe, the WI has become the UK's most popular women's organisation, playing a crucial role in encouraging women's education and equal pay, prison reform and, more recently, AIDS awareness and fair trade. Focusing on powerful images of the WI and its work, the book tells its story to a new generation of men and women, whose forebears 100 years ago could never have imagined the force their fledgling new organisation would become.

Die Party

Author : Elizabeth Day
ISBN : 9783832189754
Genre : Fiction
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Die Geschichte einer Ehe - und einer gefährlich engen Freundschaft. Martin Gilmour ist ein Einzelgänger. Aufgewachsen in trostlosen Verhältnissen, seinen Vater hat er nie kennengelernt. Seine Mutter hasst er bis zum heutigen Tag und meidet den Kontakt mit ihr, wo es nur geht. Es gibt nur einen Menschen, der ihm wirklich etwas bedeutet: Ben. »Mein bester Freund Ben«, sagt Martin. Wenn er es sich auch nicht eingesteht, so dreht sich in seinem Leben doch alles darum, Ben zu gefallen und ähnlich zu sein. Ben ist das genaue Gegenteil von Martin: attraktiv, beliebt, reich. Durch seinen Freund lernt er eine andere Welt kennen: die Welt der Oberschicht, der Privilegierten. Martin genießt es, dazuzugehören. Und so tut er alles für Ben – wirklich alles. Nach Jahren des Selbstbetrugs hat auch Lucy das begriffen. Ihr Ehemann Martin mag sie und braucht sie, aber Liebe? Liebe empfindet er nur für den Freund. Längst hat Martin, in scheinbarer Selbstlosigkeit, dafür gesorgt, dass dieser sich nie von ihm lösen kann. »Bens kleiner Schatten«, nennt ihn Bens Ehefrau Serena. Doch grenzenlose Hingabe kann lästig werden – so wie eine gemeinsame dunkle Vergangenheit.

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