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Listening to Britain, Edited by Paul Addison and Jeremy A. Crang
Friday 29 April 2011
From May to September 1940, a period that encompassed Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the start of the Blitz, the Ministry of Information took daily soundings on national morale throughout the UK.
This fascinating collection of reports reveals a country that was simultaneously spirited and fed-up, undaunted but grumbling.
A report in June from Tunbridge Wells stated "East Grinstead phlegmatic after bombs last night" and quoted a Captain Mainwaring type: "It is a pity more damage was not done as people left quite unperturbed."
By August, an observer at Angel tube station in London noted "Sleepers disturbed by conscientious marshal asking periodically if everyone is alright."
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits record low as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal