• Westwood captures the heart, right from its opening pages… as an account of what it was like to be an ordinary young woman in wartime London - no stockings, no chocolate, no men - it can hardly be bettered. How did it, I wonder, evade fresh new soft covers for so long?

    Rachel Cooke, Observer
  • A wartime masterpiece

    Evening Standard
  • Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the 20th century

    Lynne Truss
  • Gibbons was an acute and witty observer, and her dissection of the British class system is spot-on

    Mail on Sunday
  • You show up a group of characters, all of whom are discontented and unhappy. Yet the feeling that comes through very powerfully is that life is wonderful, in spite of individual bitterness and frustration.

    Fan letter, Letter to Stella Gibbons from Henry Parris

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