Brilliant Book Titles #40

stranger in the house

You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
‘It is as if I have been waiting for someone to ask me these questions for almost the whole of my life’

From 1945, more than four million British servicemen were demobbed and sent home after the most destructive war in history. Damaged by fighting, imprisonment or simply separation from their loved ones, these men returned to a Britain that had changed in their absence.

In Stranger in the House, Julie Summers tells the women’s story, interviewing over a hundred women who were on the receiving end of demobilisation: the mothers, wives, sisters, who had to deal with an injured, emotionally-damaged relative; those who assumed their fiancés had died only to find them reappearing after they had married another; women who had illegitimate children following a wartime affair as well as those whose steadfast optimism was rewarded with a delightful reunion.

Many of the tales are moving, some are desperately sad, others are full of humour but all provide a fascinating account of how war altered ordinary women’s lives forever.

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2 thoughts on “Brilliant Book Titles #40

    • Yeah, the whole world had to work out how to adjust back to normal life afterwards. It does sound fascinating! I also have read about how a lot of single/young men, having experienced a lot more freedom, just didn’t go home, leading to a boom in port cities like San Francisco and New York.

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