In the Mail: Personal Stories edition

Our Longest Days–> Our Longest Days: A People’s History of the Second World War by Sandra Koa Wing


“This was life as it happened and there’s nothing more fascinating than reading history through the words of those who lived it.”-Publishing News

This is a powerful, detailed, and warming story of World War II told through the previously unheard voices of those who described the home front for the “Mass Observation” project. Using diaries that have never been published before, this book tells the story of people falling in love, longing for a good meal, complaining about office colleagues, or mourning allotment potatoes destroyed by a bomb.

–> More From Our Own Correspondent: With dispatches from Misha Glenny, John Simpson, Caroline Wyatt, and many more by Tony Grant


Since 1955, From Our Own Correspondent has been one of BBC Radio 4‘s flagship programs. Every week correspondents from around the world report on stories behind the headlines. After the huge success of From Our Own Correspondent, this new companion volume brings more exhilarating dispatches to armchair travelers everywhere.

Here, some of Britain’s most celebrated reporters describe much more than would normally come into a news story; their stories offer a context and a unique insight into history as it unfolds. They have a unique perspective-sometimes transmitted live to the sound of gunfire-and offer an important background to the world.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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