Nella Last's Peace: The Post-war diaries of Housewife, 49
Date of publication: March 2009
Publisher: Profile books
Outwardly Nella’s life was probably seen as ordinary; but behind this mask were a lively mind and a persistent pen – a pen that never gave up over almost three decades, reporting, describing, pondering, and disclosing.
Nella, 55 when the war ends, writes of what ordinary people felt during those years of privation, hope and the re-building of Britain, providing a moving and inspiring account of the years that shaped the society we live in today. Her diary offers a detailed, moving and humorous narrative of the changing experiences of ordinary people at this time, and thoughts on the aftermath of war and whether ‘peace’ really meant peace, for everyone.