Some years ago historian and journalist Nicholas Webley stumbled across a remarkable find during a routine investigation in a small house in Norfolk. A diary kept during the war years and scribbled for the most part in school exercise books and scraps of decomposing paper, written as it turned out by a seamstress born in the 1880s. Betty Armitage was a theatrical dresser during the first part of the century and moved to Norfolk before the war. Her diary is unusual, as it views the events of the war through the eyes of someone born around the time of Queen Victoria's Jubilee. So many accounts of the war are based on military experience or life in cities during the Blitz; here the great events of those years are viewed from the country: privation relieved by the occasional poached pheasant, upheaval as thousands of bright young US servicemen 'invaded' East Anglia, quiet heroes and small-time rural villains. A time which seems familiar to us today through film but which was really another age springs to life in the pages of Betty's diary, funny, touching and unaffectedly vivid.
Betty's Wartime Diary, now a Number One Best Seller (source Eastern Daily Press 31-08-02)
Third Edition Now On Sale - with cover notes by David Croft co-creator, writer, director and producer of the classic BBC comedy series DAD'S ARMY
NOW IN TESCO BESTSELLER LIST
"Betty's day by day struggle through the boredom and trivia and danger of an ordinary small-town war time life makes unique reading. I lived through the era and can vouch for the truth of it all. I am finding it (Betty's Wartime Diary) fascinating."
DAVID CROFT OBE (co-creator, writer, director and procucer of the BBC classic comedy series DAD'S ARMY - one of Britain's national treasures.
Within three days of the official launch at the Dad's Army Museum, Bressingham, Betty's Wartime Diary had completely sold out at all outlets.
As this is being written a reprint is underway and copies will be from ALL book shops and internet book sites, including the following:
Order your copy by clicking on the "favourite links" page and going to one of the many sites there - including the Thorogood site, where you may order direct from the publisher.
DAD'S ARMY LOCATIONS
The area featured in Betty's Wartime Diary is the same as that used for the location filming for the BBC's ever popular "Dad's Army" television series.
That, apparantly, is why Betty's Wartime Diary has become known to some as "The Dad's Army Diary".
After the events of September 11th 2001 the special relationship between Britain and America is more important than ever. This was a relationship forged in the white heat of war between 1939 and 1945. In the years before America's entry into the war, she gave what help she could to ensure the ultimate defeat of the evil that was Nazism.