Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Over the Counter #475
Home Fires: The Story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War by Julie Summers.
From Penguin Books:
"Soon to be a PBS Masterpiece series starring Samantha Bond ("Downton Abbey") and Francesca Annis ("Cranford")
Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role in their country s war effort. As members of the Women s Institute, an organization with a presence in a third of Britain's villages, they ran canteens and knitted garments for troops, collected tons of rosehips and other herbs to replace medicines that couldn't be imported, and advised the government on issues ranging from evacuee housing to children s health to postwar reconstruction. But they are best known for making jam: from produce they grew on every available scrap of land, they produced twelve million pounds of jam and preserves to feed a hungry nation.
"Home Fires," Julie Summers' fascinating social history of the Women's Institute during the war (when its members included the future Queen Elizabeth II along with her mother and grandmother), provides the remarkable and inspiring true story behind the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series that will be sure to delight fans of "Call the Midwife "and "Foyle's War." Through archival material and interviews with current and former Women's Institute members, "Home Fires "gives us an intimate look at life on the home front during World War II."
(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But...I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)