The London Diary of Anthony Heap, 1931-1945

October 2017
26 black and white, 4 line illustrations
667 pages
24.4x15 cm
London Record Society
ISBN: 9780900952586
Format: Hardback
London Record Society
BISAC HIS037070, HIS027110, BIO000000

The London Diary of Anthony Heap, 1931-1945

Edited by Robin Woolven

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 Second World 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 in 1941, 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).

Table of Contents

Part One - 1931-1939: 'Flirting with Fascism'
Part Two - 1940-31 August 1945: 'This Battered Old Town'
Appendix A: Principal Persons Mentioned in the Diary
Appendix B: Annual Culture Capture, 1930-1945


This unique collection of observation has an immediacy that makes it a priceless source for social historians. THE LOCAL HISTORIAN

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