Nella Last: Nation before husband

James Hinton

in Nine Wartime Lives

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574667
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702167 | DOI:
Nella Last: Nation before husband

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Modern History (1700 to 1945)


Show Summary Details


This chapter focuses on Nella Last, the best known of the wartime diarists. An edited version of her wartime diaries Nella Last's War: A mother's diary was first published in 1981, and republished in 2006, following an acclaimed TV drama based on the diaries. While motherhood and housewifery were both central to her identity, she was also a woman engaged in the public sphere, a sometime Conservative Party activist and a wartime voluntary worker.

Keywords: Nella Last; wartime diaries; diarists; Second World War; housewives; activist; volunteer

Chapter.  11647 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.