To celebrate publication of These Wonderful Rumours! the frank, funny and truly revelatory wartime diaries of May Smith, 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.
Today’s extract is taken from May's entry for November 2nd 1939.
Thursday, November 2nd
End of term today. Broke up for our marvellously long holiday. After promising us very grandly a week, they fling a scrap of a day at us.
Yanked myself to the English lecture. The emaciated young lady there again, very earnestly making apt remarks, leaning forwards as she did so to Mr Addison, while the rest of us sat back and looked dumb. Mr Addison’s nostrils contract as he speaks, but I think he has a nice face – shrewd and intelligent and clean.
My blue wool georgette arrived from Mrs W, and is awfully sweet and has the general approval. Paraded in same.
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