Jambusters The compelling true story of how the Women's Institute pulled Britain through the war with pots of jam and a spirit of make-do-and-mend. Full description
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The Second World War was the WI's finest hour. The whole of its previous history - two decades of educating, entertaining and supporting women and campaigning on women's issues - culminated in the enormous collective responsibility felt by the members 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'.
Jambusters tells the story of the minute and idiosyncratic details of everyday life during the Second World War for the 5,546 Women's Institutes and how they helped to improve the lot of millions of their fellow Britons. Big pictures and bravery are fashionable and exciting but it was the behind-the-scenes, nitty-gritty approach to the daily problems presented by the war that were at the heart of what the WI did to make a difference. Making jam, making do and mending, gathering rosehips, keeping pigs and rabbits, housing evacuees, setting up canteens for the troops, knitting, singing and campaigning for a better Britain after the war: all these activities played a crucial role in war time.
'There are many top-down biographies of the Women's Institute but what I was interested in was the bottom-up story, the ordinary country women who were at the heart of the village institutes. What has grown out of my research is a picture of the remarkable role played by ordinary women in rural Britain during the war. Unpaid, unsung, to a large extent uncomplaining, these women quietly and often with humour, made the countryside tick...This book is a tribute to these women.' Julie Summers
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Description du livre Simon & Schuster Ltd, U.S.A., 2013. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. Very Good/Very Good; hardcover, black cloth-covered boards, very minor signs of shelfwear, as-new text block with black-and-white photo section; pictorial dj is a bit creased at edges. 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. N° de réf. du libraire 86432