I just read the Washington Post's review of Nella Last's Peace (WP March 25, 2009, Nora Krug), I can't wait to read it! But first, I'll have to read Nella Last's War. I can't believe I didn't know about these before!
"Nella Last may be the most prolific writer you've never heard of. For nearly 30 years, beginning in August 1939, this mother of two in Barrow-in-Furness, England, wrote a diary at a 60-page-per-month clip, leaving behind several million words. Her journal was part of a social research project called Mass Observation, which did exactly as it
sounds: collected the observations of citizens who shared their thoug
hts on matters both personal and political. An edited portion of Last's musing was published in 2006 as 'Nella Last's War,' which also served as the basis for a BBC series, avail
able on DVD, called 'Housewife, 49' (a name that reflects Last's age when she began the diary."