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Episode 1

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 15 December 2008

Imelda Staunton reads from the postwar diaries of 'Housewife, 49', Nella Last, which give a frank account of the difficulties of adapting to life in Britain after the end of the Second World War.

Nella reflects on people's hopes for the future following the announcement of the Japanese surrender.

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