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My Great Aunt Norah's wartime diaries, 1938-1948

Category Archives: girlhood

A letter from Danny

The Guardian this weekend carried a short article about a new book based on 500 letters sent between a young couple who met on a training course in London during … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Norah’s 1941 photograph

  20th September 1941: Photos from Winter’s arrived. Sent Danny one.  Norah’s visit to W.W. Winter, a professional photographer on Midland Road, Derby, was her second attempt to acquire a … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

I’m in love with him & I don’t care a scrap

19th September 1941: Went to Derby & bought blue dress material & fed swans in river gardens. I’m in love with him & I don’t care a scrap. I can’t … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Danny wins the day

‘I’m still in love with’: the certainty of it, petering out into a teasing, secretive dash. As the tension between the brothers builds in early September 1941, Norah’s affections still lie with … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

A dodgy sailor?

And back to my story… So here we are with Norah in the summer of 1941 as she enjoys increasingly romantic exchanges with her penpal, Sailor Jim. She is getting to … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · 6 Comments

The extraordinary adventures of ordinary girls: blog relaunch

After a difficult few months with very little time in which to write, I now have space ahead of me in which Norah’s story can unfold at the pace it … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

Dearest Dimples: letters from a saucy sailor

‘Dearest Norah’: as March runs into April, Jim takes the lead in stepping up the level of intimacy with his sixteen year-old correspondent. He teases her with his suggestion that … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

Norah’s American twin

‘Got my hair set today. In my opinion, if I had hollower cheeks, I’d be a perfect double for Garbo.’ This is not Norah Hodgkinson writing, but fourteen year-old Joan Wehlen … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

The scholarship girl and the 1938 Letts’s School-Girl’s Diary

The Charles Letts’s School-Girl’s Diary for 1938, at 5×3 inches, is slightly bigger than a standard pocket diary. The rusty-red leather fabric cover is now brittle and crinkly to the touch, but the … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment
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