A Parson in Wartime

September 2017
21 black and white illustrations
280 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Publications of the Lincoln Record Society
ISBN: 9781910653036
Format: Hardback
Lincoln Record Society
BISAC HIS037010, HIS027100, BIO018000

A Parson in Wartime

The Boston Diary of the Reverend Arthur Hopkins, 1942-1945

Edited by Patricia Malcolmson, Robert Malcolmson, Ann Stephenson

A vivid picture of wartime Lincolnshire, and an engagingly readable account of the life of a busy parish priest.
Arthur Hopkins arrived in the Lincolnshire town of Boston in November 1942 to take up the post of Vicar of St Thomas's Church in the working-class parish of Skirbeck Quarter. He was already writing almost daily instalments of a diary for the social research organisation, Mass Observation. Generously conceived, it is written almost as if it were a series of letters to a friend abroad, providing descriptions and comments on everyday life in wartime. Little was beneath his notice. This was a man who had attended university with the King after the Great War and had prominent relations, but was also egalitarian in his leanings and sympathetic to the "common people". His is the diary of a thoughtful and perceptive individual who had a realistic sense of himself, his society, and the fragility of life; the engagingly readable entries reveal fascinating details of wartime Lincolnshire and the life of a busy parish priest. The diary is edited here with introduction and notes.

Patricia and Robert Malcolmson are social historians with a special interest in English diaries written between the 1930s and 1950s. They have edited for publication over a dozen of these diaries.

Table of Contents

Part One: November 1942 - November 1943
Part Two: May 1944 - May 1945

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