Author(s): Anton Rippon
The British are well known for their unique sense of humour - for the ability to see the funny side even in the most dire situation - and it was that humour that helped the nation through the dark days of the Second World War. In this wonderfully sentimental, very funny and sometimes heartbreakingly-sad book, Anton Rippon has gathered together stories from people all over the country that reveal the strange, incredible and downright funny things that happened to them between 1939 and 1945. From the Blitz to the Home Guard, blackouts to unexploded bombs, service life at home and abroad, there are stories here from all walks of life and from men, women and children of the time. Their first-person stories stand testament to that indomitable spirit that 'kept us calm and carrying on' through those darkest days.
Anton Rippon was born in the Midlands during the Second World War. Anton has worked as a newspaper journalist and feature writer - his work has appeared in The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph and FourFourTwo - and he is the author of some 30 books. Other recent books of Anton's include Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Football (David & Charles, 2012), Gunther Pluschow: Airman, Escaper and Explorer (Pen & Sword Military, 2009) and Gas Masks for Goal Posts: Football in Britain during the Second World War (The History Press, 2007). For over 20 years he was a publisher with Breedon Books, the sports and history book publishing company he founded in 1982 and ran until he sold it in 2003 in order to resume his own writing career. Anton is a member of the Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain, the Football Writers' Association, and the International Society of Olympic Historians.