Vera Mary Brittain: England’s Hour: An Autobiography 1939-1941

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Written in 1940 during the Battle of Britain and first published in 1941, Vera Brittain’s England’s Hour is a day-to-day account of life in England during the German Blitzkrieg of 1940. The account focuses on the everyday experiences of ordinary Britons. Brittain, who came of age during the Great War of 1914-18, and served on the front line as a nurse in France, Malta, and London, riveted a nation with her autobiography, Testament of Youth, which became a classic best seller upon publication in 1933. A dedicated pacifist and feminist as a result of her experiences in the First World War, Brittain spent her life as a writer and advocate for peace and social justice.

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Ockerstrom, Lolly. "England’s Hour: An Autobiography 1939-1941". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2011
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