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Author Hey, Kathleen, author.

Title The view from the corner shop : the diary of a wartime shop assistant / Kathleen Hey ; edited by Patricia and Robert Malcolmson.

Publication Info. London : Simon & Schuster, 2016.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  940.53 Hey    ---  Available
Description 335 pages ; 20 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Summary AUTOBIOGRAPHY: GENERAL. Kathleen Hey spent the war years helping her sister and brother-in-law run a grocery shop in the Yorkshire town of Dewsbury. From July 1941 to July 1946 she kept a diary for the Mass-Observation project, recording the thoughts and concerns of the people who used the shop. What makes Kathleen's account such a vivid and compelling read is the immediacy of her writing. People were pulling together on the surface ('Bert has painted the V-sign on the shop door...', she writes) but there are plenty of tensions underneath. The shortage of food and the extreme difficulty of obtaining it is a constant thread, which dominates conversation in the town, more so even than the danger of bombardment and the war itself. Sometimes events take a comic turn. A lack of onions provokes outrage among her customers, and Kathleen writes, 'I believe they think we have secret onion orgies at night and use them all up.
Subject Hey, Kathleen. -- Diaries.
World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Dewsbury.
Grocers -- England -- Yorkshire -- Diaries.
Great Britain -- History -- George VI, 1936-1952.
Added Author Malcolmson, Patricia E., 1944- editor.
Malcolmson, Robert W., editor.
Cover Title View from the corner shop : the diary of a Yorkshire shop assistant in wartime
ISBN 9781471154010 (pbk.)
1471154017 (pbk.)

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