In 1940 debutante and dress designer June Spencer volunteers for the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service in Chelsea. Every night in her diary she records the day’s events, whether it was peeling potatoes for the ambulance crews, driving through London’s streets in a hail of incendiaries, loading broken and bleeding victims into her ambulance. Her diaries also reveal details of her relentless social life – dining at the Ritz, dancing at the Café de Paris and partying with the artists, writers and aristos in her set.
But below the surface is turmoil and heartache: beloved friends killed in action, friendships cracking under pressure and a growing dissatisfaction with her life in London. Using June’s first-hand descriptions of living in central London in the thick of the blitz, Naomi Clifford paints a vivid and compelling picture of a young woman navigating the hazards of home front life and shows that wartime stoicism was only part of the story.
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