Friday, 12 January 2018

Book Giveaway


Talking about Nella Last and the Mass Observations war diaries yesterday reminded me of this book that I have just finished.

To be honest I didn't find it anywhere near as good a read as Nella Last's War, but it is a good book in it's own right and I suppose more relevant if you know the area it's based in.


So I thought if anyone is interested I would give it away to anyone of the lovely people who have chosen to Follow this new blog of mine.  I have been astounded at how quickly the Followers list has grown and this is one way that I can thank you for taking the time to do that.

There will be a few giveaways over the next few months as I have a couple of duplicated books and there will no doubt be other books of this genre that I won't be wanting to keep after I have read them ... and readers of this blog may be interested in them.  

So if you would like to be in the draw to perhaps win this book, and you are a Follower of the blog, just leave a comment below and I will draw a name out of the enamel pan in a couple of days and send the book off to the lucky winner as soon as I can.

Sue xx

61 comments:

  1. I've read it - my mum got it from the library - so please don;t put my name in the draw, but I did enjoy reading it. Full of detail and really drives home how difficult and problem packed life was at times. Not nearly as smooth as the Powers That Were would have liked us to believe.
    I must look out for Nella's Last War.
    J x

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  2. I love homefront accounts of the war! Would love to be included in the draw please.

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  3. I'm on the border with Yorkshire and would love to go into the enamel pan please.

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  4. Really enjoying your new blog and have signed up. Please add me to the draw. Odette

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  5. Own it already - of course! I enjoyed it.
    My followers are growing slowly again maybe never back to the 400+ there were on the old blog after 4 years,but I'm sure you will gallop back to 900+ on your old blog. Thank you for putting me on your "blogs you read" sidebar because according to stats a lot of people who read my blog come via yours.

    Not really obsessed by stats.... honestly!! :-)

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    1. Same here and it's lovely to have new readers. :-)
      J x

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    2. Sue - I'll never get the amount of Followers I had over on Our New Life on here, as they were acquired over a nine year period but I thought it would be good to reward the lovely folk that have taken the time to sign up with a few giveaways. Checking the stats is fascinating isn't it.

      I've added you and John on to this sidebar as well as Our New Life's as yours are the two blogs I check out first each day, especially with Col's health worries, AND you are on the same wavelength as me with saving money and being accountable, as today's post over on yours proves, so you've earned your place there :-)

      I do still use my other blog to access everyone else on the sidebar.

      Joy - It was great to find your blog, we all need to keep each other motivated :-)

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    3. I need to work out how to get a side bar with links - I don't have one at the moment and I really should!
      J x

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  6. Hi! Am fascinated by anything to do with ordinary folk and the way they coped with war time situations so please add me to the draw. Thanks so much!

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  7. Love your new blog which is inspiring me and would love to be included in the draw!

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  8. I’ve been married to a Yorkshireman’s son for 46 years and we still spend time there every year although FIL has been dead for many years. He met my MIL during WW2 when he was stationed in Scotland doing his RAF training. I would love to be entered in the draw, thank you. Catriona

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  9. Can I go in the pan please LOL. Just looking at the front of the book reminded me of a story my mom used to tell. She and her younger sister didn't get on at all. During the war younger sister married son of a local greengrocer, my mom swore it was because sister thought she'd get extra fruit and veg. However, mother in law made her get up at 3.30 am every morning and go with her to the fruit and veg market to buy produce, not an easy task in blitz torn Birmingham. My mom, bless her, took such delight in the idea of her younger sister not being quite the lady of leisure she had anticipated!

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  10. Like you, I didn’t find it quite so interesting on the home front as Nella’s book but it was interesting from a shop point of view.

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  11. Your new blog is brilliant Sue, what a lovely giveaway. Don't enter me though as I prefer non fiction books, thanks all the same. x

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    1. I think this is non-fiction . . . or did I read it wrong?
      J x

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    2. Yes, this is non-fiction.
      Direct diary entries taken from Kathleen Hey's Mass Observations wartime diary.

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    3. Ok yes please enter me, thankyou.

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  12. This looks fascinating and I would love to go in the draw - I was thinking on your last post how many DVDs we have in common! Vicky from Brum

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  13. Please enter me in this giveaway. I have a fascination for books about life during ww2 having been raised by my grandmother in Surry who lived through it and told such wonderful stories. Loving your new blog too.

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  14. oohh yes please - i read the blog every day but have never signed up - just done so now :)
    just finished the evacuee's christmas which made a change from my usual crime fiction

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  15. Oh, I'd love to read that book so will you put me into your enamel pan too, please.
    Sorry to disagree with you Sue, but I think you will get lots of followers. If they liked "our new life" they will love this blog. Thank you, Else

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  16. Add me as well, please. I always enjoy first hand accounts of 'everyday history'.

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  17. This looks an interesting book thank you for the draw, please can you include me in your pan.

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  18. I follow by email, does that count? I’d like the book but live in the US. Are you shipping world wide? Thank you!
    Debbie

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    1. Following by email is fine.

      I'll be happy to ship to anywhere the lucky person lives :-)

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  19. Yes please, sounds interesting! I read your old blog, so simply hopped over to follow you on this one too xx

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  20. It sounds like a good read and I would be interested. Thanks!

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  21. I would love to win this book. :) I'm going to check out the other book you mentioned too as it sounds interesting as well.

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  22. Add me please Sue. Sounds really interesting.

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  23. My Grandparents had a little corner shop, in Manchester, during the war and then my great aunt took it over. In the early 60s I would go down every Saturday and help my aunt. Mainly I did a lot of tidying up and I loved to arrange the window. In those days a lot of things were bought 'on tick'. My aunt could never say no to the children and everyone knew it. When she retired it was only because my dad was a policeman that she got any of the money owed to her. He went round with the tick book in his uniform!! Would love to read the book, it would probably bring back some memories for me.

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    1. Whereabouts in Manchester was it, that's where I'm from :-)

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    2. The shop was in N. Manchester on Acton Street which was off Moston Lane. I believe that area has been completely demolished and rebuilt. It was all tiny 2up 2down terraced houses, with a scullery at the back and an outside toilet, no bathroom and a cobbled street.

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    3. Just over 8 miles from where I grew up in Old Trafford, a 25 minute drive :-)

      Acton Street was near Boggart Hole Clough, somewhere I used to take my son when he was little.

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    4. I was at the Clough many times as a child. My grandparents lived in Blackley near Victoria Avenue and Rochdale Road and we lived in Higher Blackley very close to the Heaton Park entrance, small world!

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  24. I would love to be considered and have my name put in the pan. I have wanted to read this book for sometime, after reading Nella Last's books and a few other diaries from WWII homefront. Which is a particular interest of mine too. Thank you for the opportunity!
    Dawn Pinnataro, Albany GA, USA
    dawn.pinnataro@aronov.com

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  25. Loving the new blog and love following your challenges- really inspirational.plese could I be put in the pan for a chance to win the book. I follow by email but would prefer not to have name published. Many thanks

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  26. This looks like a very interesting book. I like the new blog! Happy New Year!

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  27. Me too please. And what a lovely thing to do, pass on your reads to other people.

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  28. Please enter me into your draw. I would love to read this book. I'm a Yorkshire lass living in Canada following the simple living frugal path and trying to adopt the everyday tips that my Grandmother did. Quite often I think "What would Leah have done?"

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  29. Love both the old and NEW blogs! Your solutions to things are inventive! thanks, Laura, Louisiana

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  30. I am definitely interested Sue. Thanks!

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  31. I think the reason you have attracted so many followers is the extreme nature of your challenge. I suspect that, like me, the others are all are totally intrigued!

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  32. I absolutely loved Nella Last's diaries albeit found them very sad in places - these days there would have been all manner of help for her I think but then? No, different times. Poor thing. I'd be fascinated to read that book though so would love to go in the draw please Sue!

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  33. I would be interested.... my English side ( Cocker) came from Yorkshire and workedin the mills.

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  34. I'm so happy to have found your blog and enjoy reading your posts! You've set yourselves quite a challenge for the year and I'm rooting for you all the way!! It brought a smile to my face to look at the photos of your books/videos. I recognized two or three that I also own and enjoy. I've yet to read a Nella Last story, so please count me in the drawing for the book. Thanks!!!!

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  35. Only recently started following your blog and am really enjoying it. Would love to be entered into your draw for the book. I love social history and would love the opportunity to read the book.

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  36. Would love to read this book. But, no matter what, love the blogs, New and old.

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  37. Would live to read this book. Please add me to the draw and thank you.

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  38. Please can I be included in the draw. I'm interested in this type of history, how people coped during the war, rations, growing there own food, etc so id love to be included in the draw please.

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  39. Yes please I'd love to be in the draw! Really enjoying the new blog. (Would love to be in your side bar too, but do appreciate you can't include every blog out there!)

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    1. You're in the draw ... and on the sidebar :-)

      I've been a bit slow about picking up some of my favourites from the other blog list, which is why it's still on the sidebar for me and other folk to pop back over and use it as an easy link.

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  40. Please add me to the list. Really enjoying the new blog.

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  41. I would love to take part in your giveaway. I was born in 1945 and well remember the rationing that went on for several years after that. I think the book would hold great interest for me. Thank you

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  42. Please add me to your list as would like to read a book based in Yorkshire as I am a Yorkshire lass although now living in Scotland. But as they say you can take the lass out of Yorkshire but you can't take the Yorkshire out of the lass! Love the new blog.

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  43. Brill idea- book recycling........please put me in the ennamel pot...............X

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  44. Just found your blog a few days ago and really enjoying reading it.I just love your pic at the top with the wellys and leeks!!,It makes me feel like rushing into my garden and doing a bit more tidying up!,Would love to have a chance of winning your book,its a great idea to recycle this way!,Debi,xx

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  45. I do not know if you are familiar with any of the books by Helen Forrester, but the one I have read and truely enjoyed was "Twopence to Cross the Mersey". It is the reminiscences of 12 year old Helen, as her family is thrown into poverty during the Great Depression. It is a real eye opener about how families survived despite being desperately poor.

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    1. They have been some of my favourite books for a long time. I used to get them out of the library over and over again, especially in my really poor years, just to read about someone with even less than us. It kept me going.

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  46. Loving the inspiration on your blog! Needing to penny pinch here and need all the motivation and I can get. Would love to read this book - if I'm not too late, please add me to your pot ��

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  47. Comments now CLOSED on this post. Draw being done today ... Monday.

    Thank you to everyone for your comments, compliments and recommendations.

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