Millions Like Us

  • by Virginia Nicholson
  • Narrated by Patience Tomlinson, Annie Aldington, Rachel Bavidge, Julie Maisey, Georgina Sutton
  • 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Virginia Nicholson's Millions Like Us: Women's Lives in the Second World War. A special multi-voice recording featuring five actresses that bring to life the hundreds of personal testimonies, diary entries and books that make up this superb study.
Read by Patience Tomlinson, Annie Aldington, Rachel Bavidge, Julie Maisey and Georgina Sutton. In 1942 Cora Johnston is grieving over the death of her young husband, torpedoed in the Atlantic; Aileen Morris is intercepting Luftwaffe communications during the siege of Malta - and Clara Milburn, whose son was captured after Dunkirk, is waiting, and waiting ...We tend to see the Second World War as a man's war, featuring Spitfire crews and brave deeds on the Normandy beaches. But in conditions of "Total War" millions of women - in the Services and on the Home Front - demonstrated that they were cleverer, more broad-minded and altogether more complex than anyone had ever guessed.
In Millions Like Us, Virginia Nicholson tells the story of the women's war, through a host of individual women's experiences. She tells how they loved, suffered, laughed, grieved and dared; how they re-made their world in peacetime. And how they would never be the same again...

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What the Critics Say

"Passionate, fascinating, profoundly sympathetic." (Artemis Cooper, Evening Standard)
"A deeply moving account of female courage both at home and overseas during the six brutal years of war...the joy of Virginia Nicholson's book is the way she has plaited scores of individual stories into a richly textured account of the many forms that female courage can take. This story belongs to us all." (Kathryn Hughes, The Mail On Sunday)
"An acclaimed account of this period... a rich seam of social history." (Cassandra Jardine, Daily Telegraph)
"Ambitious, humane and absorbing." (Anne Chisholm, Spectator)
"Where Nicholson scores over other histories and memoirs is that her vivid narrative is set firmly in the context of the social conventions of the time...this lovely book is poignant, hilarious and inspiring." (Edwina Currie, The Times)

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Nigel - Leicestershire

Being a WW2/forties enthusiast for several years attending forties re- enactment events throughout each year I thought I had a reasonable knowledge of the home front and the role of women in WW2. Virginia Nicholson's book has enlightened me, to the critical part that women played in eventually delivering victory to the allies.

The audio book is particularly good as the different actresses are able to give voice to the women from all levels of society and the part they played. The book is comprehensive and well researched with good first hand accounts and details of the individuals lives. I certainly look at my Aunties with greater respect after listening to this book, as one served in the Land Army and the other as a munitions worker and it is interesting to think that the elderly people they are now were once the young women as portrayed in "Millions like us" who's individual efforts and experiences helped so much to win the war.

I recommend this book not only to anyone interested in WW2 but as a general read, as it sheds light on an interesting period of our history and the perception and expectation of the role of women in society during a time of conflict.
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- NIGEL

HELPS THE GENARATIONS THAT HAVE COME AFTER

AS A GRANED CHILD OF THAT GENARATION. IT WAS STILL NOT TALK ABOUT WILL THEY WERE AROUND.SO IT WAS GREAT TO LISEN TO THOES HOW WERE ABLE TO GIVE THERE STORY AND BE PAST ON SO THAT WE CAN UNDER STAND WHY THEY WERE AT TIMES SAY THIS GENARATION ADD IT BETTER AND ON A PLAIT. THANK'S TO ALL.
SORRY FOR SPEELING THIS IS WHY I GET BOOKS READ
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- MISS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-03-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd