Nella Last in the 1950s: Further diaries of Housewife, 49
By Patricia Malcolmson, and Robert Malcolmson
Discussing the private life of the author, as well as that of her family, friends and neighbors, this title shows what ordinary people felt during the years of growing prosperity in a flourishing and modernising Britain. It offers an account of the changing experiences of ordinary people at a time that shaped the society we live in.Tweet
This is the final book in a series based on the observation of the daily life of a housewife from Barrow in Furness through WW2 to the 1950s. Her diaries were extensive so these books represent a heavily edited account from her writings. This very ordinary housewife was observant, answering the call to be part of a Mass Observation survey and we share her experiences through difficult times. Her two young sons grow up and leave home, Clive becoming an artist in Australia. She supports her husband through his mental trials and her own health difficulties. Her short car drives to the near by Lake District provide a measure of relif and a safety valve, however short, from daily troubles. These books open a window into the ordinary. A massive archive exists which, although not readily accessible to us all, has been skilfully distilled into this series of books. They will bring back many memories to those who lived through these times and make interesting comments on a time for which we would otherwise have no memory.