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Stranger in the House

Stranger in the House

Women's Stories of Men Returning from the Second World War

by Julie Summers
Paperback
Publication Date: 06/07/2009
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'It is as if I have been waiting for someone to ask me these questions for almost the whole of my life'

From 1945, more than four million British servicemen were demobbed and sent home after the most destructive war in history. Damaged by fighting, imprisonment or simply separation from their loved ones, these men returned to a Britain that had changed in their absence.

In Stranger in the House, Julie Summers tells the women's story, interviewing over a hundred women who were on the receiving end of demobilisation: the mothers, wives, sisters, who had to deal with an injured, emotionally-damaged relative; those who assumed their fiances had died only to find them reappearing after they had married another; women who had illegitimate children following a wartime affair as well as those whose steadfast optimism was rewarded with a delightful reunion.

Many of the tales are moving, some are desperately sad, others are full of humour but all provide a fascinating account of how war altered ordinary women's lives forever.
ISBN:
9781416526841
9781416526841
Category:
British & Irish history
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
06-07-2009
Language:
English
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
384
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x28mm
Weight:
0.28kg
Julie Summers

Julie Summers is a bestselling writer, researcher and historian. Her books include: Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine; a biography of her grandfather, the man who built the 'real' bridge over the River Kwai, The Colonel of Tamarkan, Stranger in the House and When the Children Came Home, a social history of servicemen returning to their families from the Second World War. She lives in Oxford.

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