Chelsea’s War

Jill Neville

  • Love Lessons: A Wartime Diary by Joan Wyndham
    Heinemann, 203 pp, £9.95, April 1985, ISBN 0 04 348786 6

Joan Wyndham began her diary on the brink of her deflowering and of the deflowering of Europe – the latter being a far less engrossing subject to this sexy, self-centred girl. The value of her diary lies in its artlessness. Here is femme moyenne sensuelle, unashamed, with nothing very noble or sensitive to commend her. The Diary of Virginia Woolf it is not. But she preserves for us the street vitality of a certain time and place.

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