The London Diary of Anthony Heap, 1931-1945
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667 Pages

24.4 x 15 cm

26 b/w. 4 line. Illustrations

Series: London Record Society

Imprint: London Record Society

The London Diary of Anthony Heap, 1931-1945

Edited by Robin Woolven

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Diaries from the 1930s and 1940s reveal the reality of living in London during wartime.
Anthony Heap (1910-1985) kept a daily diary, recording his life in St Pancras, his work, loves and experiences from the age of 17 until shortly before his death. This volume provides selected extracts from the 1930s and the SecondWorld War, an eventful period during which his father committed suicide, Heap joined Mosley's Fascists, and then stood for the local Conservatives in 1937; the author vividly recounts what it was like to live through the Blitz, sleeping in air-raid shelters, and viewing the nightly raids on London. The diary also recounts more personal details, his fondness for weekly drinking in pubs in Fitzrovia and Hampstead, a series of girlfriends before marrying in1941, and his love of the theatre: it is predictably opinionated, often infuriating and cutting, but never dull.
The extracts are presented here with notes, introduction, and an outline of the principal people involved.

Robin Woolven researched wartime London for his PhD, gained from King's College, London. His primary research interest concerns the twentieth-century history of Camden (Hampstead, Holborn and St Pancras).
Introduction
Part One - 1931-1939: 'Flirting with Fascism'
Part Two - 1940-31 August 1945: 'This Battered Old Town'
Epilogue
Appendix A: Principal Persons Mentioned in the Diary
Appendix B: Annual Culture Capture, 1930-1945
Bibliography
Index
"This unique collection of observation has an immediacy that makes it a priceless source for social historians." THE LOCAL HISTORIAN

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19/10/2017

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Title Details

667 Pages

2.44 x 1.5 cm

26 b/w. 4 line. Illustrations

Series: London Record Society

Imprint: London Record Society