Henrietta's War

Henrietta's War

Large Print - 2011
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Spirited Henrietta wishes she was the kind of doctor's wife who knew exactly how to deal with the daily upheavals of war. But then, everyone in her close-knit Devonshire village seems to find different ways to cope: there's the indomitable Lady B, who writes to Hitler every night to tell him precisely what she thinks of him; flighty Faith who is utterly preoccupied with flashing her shapely legs; and then there's Charles, Henrietta's hard-working husband, who sleeps through a bomb landing in the neighbour's garden. With life turned upside down, Henrietta chronicles the dramas, squabbles and friendships in a community of determined troupers.
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Isis, 2011.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780753186039
Characteristics: 184 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.


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Mar 23, 2011

A gem of a book. Based on a collection of material written for Sketch magazine during WW2 by Joyce Dennys.

Henrietta's War is series of letters from Henrietta Brown to her childhood friend, Robert, who is overseas with the army. They're full of the daily life of a doctor's wife in a Devonshire village during World War II and describes the sorrows and antics of her friends and neighbours as they try valiantly to keep calm and carry on, which is tough when you're afraid of bombs and worried sick about your children, friends and neighbours who are away at the front. However, Henrietta, husband Charles, the indomitable Lady B, Mrs Savernack, the Conductor, Faith and the other villagers muddle through. Highly recommended, as is the sequel, Henrietta Sees It Through, which continues the story to 1945.

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