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Farming, Fighting and Family
A Memoir of the Second World War
Farmer, author and broadcaster Arthur (A.G.) Street was one of the leading voices of British agriculture during the Second World War. His daughter Pamela - herself an aspiring writer - was 18 when war broke out. David, her future husband, served with the 4th RHA in North Africa. Using their previously unpublished diaries and letters, Miranda McCormick - Pamela's daughter - tells the candid story of a Wiltshire family living and working at a time when `a little German with a black paint-brush moustache turned [the] world upside down'.
Their very different experiences of war are woven into one masterful narrative of love, duty and separation during a time of national adversity. Detailing the sudden rise of her tenant farmer father to the status of a national celebrity, Pamela's service as a VAD nurse and in the ATS, as well as her unofficial fiance's detainment in German and Italian prison camps, this is a story told with an almost allegorical simplicity.
Intimate and personal, this vivid account of `ordinary life' during extraordinary times is also the chronicle of a generation for whom farming was the fourth line of defence.
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`Miranda McCormick ... vividly and touchingly portrays life on the front line and in a rural England of which today we only have fading memories. If, like me, you do not want to forget, you will find in its pages insight and illumination in abundance.' -- JONATHAN DIMBLEBY