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How Britain Kept Calm and Carried On

Extent: 224 pages

Size: 231x153mm

Publication Date:

Price: £14.99

ISBN: 9781782431909

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

The British are well known for their unique sense of humour – for the ability to see the funny side even in the most dire situation – and it was that humour that helped the nation through the dark days of the Second World War. In this heartwarming, often amusing and sometimes heartbreakingly sad book, Anton Rippon has gathered together stories from people all over the country that reveal the strange, incredible and downright funny things that happened to them between 1939 and 1945.
From the Blitz to the Home Guard, blackouts to unexploded bombs, service life at home and abroad, there are stories here from all walks of life and from men, women and children of the time. Their first-person stories stand testament to that indomitable spirit that 'kept us calm and carrying on' through those darkest days.

Publication Date: 08/05/2014

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781782432364

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book


  • 'Another outstanding piece of social history... at once sentimental, funny, and also sad, an account of how, with minimum amount of fuss while everything around them was in chaos, a generation somehow managed to overcome huge adversity', Sports Journalists' Association
  • 'A collection of real life stories from the Home Front', Tribune
  • 'Stories here from all walks of life... their undiluted first-person stories stand testament to the events of the Second World War', Britain at War
  • 'Entertaining anecdotes from life on the Home Front', Evergreen magazine
  • 'A fascinating account of what it means to suffer through a war... beautifully put together and is a terrific tribute to all those who kept calm and carried on', The Bookbag
  • 'Recounts the memories of real people living through extraordinary times', Derby Telegraph
  • 'A fascinating tribute to a generation's dogged determination and bulldog spirit', Lancaster Guardian