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Poignant and inspiring tales from the heroines of our greatest generation - the final words of the surviving women of the Second World War.

Women in the War beautifully weaves together the oral histories of 10 remarkable women who dedicated their young adulthood to the war effort. From aiding codebreaking at Bletchley Park to plotting the Battle of the Atlantic and working alongside Churchill in the War Rooms below Whitehall, these are the women who helped to defend the Home Front and kept Britain going. Now with the wisdom of age, they look back at how they coped with danger, trauma and stress, and tell how their spirits were fortified by friendship, fellowship and romance. 

Written by award-winning journalist Lucy Fisher, who is defence editor of The Times, this is a vivid exploration of how the war changed the lives of these women and society forever. Based on extensive interviews and including extracts from diaries and contemporary letters, this is a celebration of the bravery and resilience of these women and how they proved their worth and paved the way for equal rights. 

Their last words can be found here in this both nostalgic and forward-looking narrative, which provides many lessons for the modern listener on how to survive life’s greatest difficulties with good cheer and fortitude.  

©2021 Lucy Fisher (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"In all the hundreds of books written about the Second World War, there is a curious lack of information about the role of women. In these series of intimate interviews with some of the last survivors, Lucy Fisher closes the gap. From pilots to land girls, nurses to radio operators, plotters to Downing Street insiders, she hears from some of the remarkable women who helped win the war that defined modern Britain. An important contribution to our recent history." (Andrew Marr)

"Unsung, and until now unacknowledged, Lucy Fisher tells the story of stalwart yet unassuming women who contributed in obtrusive ways to Britain’s victory in World War Two. Land girl, wireless operator, secretary in the Cabinet war rooms, plotter in the Wrens, paraphraser at Bletchley Park: these women talk of their important, even dangerous lives, setting the record straight. This is an absorbing and important footnote to the history of World War Two." (Joan Bakewell)

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