To celebrate publication of These Wonderful Rumours! The recently discovered wartime diaries of May Smith, a young teacher who lived in Derby during the Second World War, we are giving Virago readers an exclusive look inside the book with a series of extracts from May's diaries from the years 1939-1945.
Observant, witty and sometimes delightfully dry, May’s diaries offer a unique snapshot into life on the Home Front.
Today’s extract is taken from May's entry for November 5th 1939.
Sunday, November 5th
Bonfire Night, whiz bang! Or rather pitter-patter, lash, lash, howl, howl. It was a really dreadful night, wild storms and as dark as the proverbial bag. The wind rose and moaned around the house, and we groped our way blindly to Grandma’s. No degrees of darkness tonight – just one thick blanket without shape colour or dimension. Usually one can distinguish a dark grey object here or a moving shape there, but not tonight. The darkness seemed to have seeped into everything.
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