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  • Published: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241250099
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $28.00

Diary of a Wartime Affair

The True Story of a Surprisingly Modern Romance



The true story of a surprisingly modern romance in war-stricken London

London in 1934. Clever young civil servant Doreen Bates is working in the same office as E, an older married man. In the years just before the war, they develop an irresistible attraction to one another and strike up a passionate affair. Doreen records it all with startling candour in her diary - secret midnight walks, countryside escapades and stolen moments of intimacy.

But Doreen starts to long for a child with E. Despite all the taboos of the time, and against the wishes of E, she is determined to become a mother - even though she knows that her decision will provoke anger and shame from her family, friends and colleagues. Eventually she gets pregnant and is amazed when twins are born during the war. However, Doreen faces an uncertain future - will E ever leave his wife and join his new family?

This is the story of a young woman forging her own path in a period of turbulence and uncertainty.

  • Published: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241250099
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $28.00

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Praise for Diary of a Wartime Affair

A remarkable record of private life. Recorded with a precision and feeling that might break your heart

Anthony Quinn, Observer, Books of the Year

Unflinchingly honest. Exceptional

Elizabeth Buchan

Astute, passionate, remarkably intimate, showing us the day-to-day picture of a long relationship

Guardian

Explosive, remarkably frank, startlingly candid

Daily Mail

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