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The stories of those who stayed at home during the Second World War are as vivid and poignant as those from the battlefields.

Many of us have grown up with stories from our parents and grandparents but are unaware of the social, physical, financial and emotional toll taken on families and communities during that time.

Eighteen New Zealanders tell us those stories in 'home'.


This is essential reading for young and old. It gives a real feel for the thoughts and feelings of people living through that time.

Littered with fascinating photographs - many previously unpublished - this book reveals the reality of civilian life during the watershed years of 1939-1945.

Women and men remember, with disarming honesty, the experiences that unfolded for them, including chronic uncertainty, the fear of invasion, the extreme deprivations that came with rationing, and the intensity of wartime romance.

Many of them shared Sheila Smith's feelings of embarking into 'the great unknown.'


With the Second World War two or more generations ago, and receding into our past, its imprint remains on the lives of those who lived through it.

It is good to remind ourselves of the great sacrifices made by those who have gone before.


'home' is an amazing chronicle of ordinary lives lived in extraordinary times. Every family should have a copy. Please click here to ask a question
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  • Seller location: Hamilton, Waikato, NZ

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