Virginia Nicholson's evocative account of the Second World War is told through a multitude of individual women's experiences.
As their stories unfold we discover how they loved, suffered, laughed, grieved and dared.
Virginia Nicholson's books include Among the Bohemians - Experiments in Living 1900-1939, and Singled Out - How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War, which was broadcast as a Book of the Week.
Read by Fenella Woolgar
Abridged by Doreen Estall
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
The conflict begins, and 37-year-old Frances Faviell learns to administer first aid.Today, the conflict begins, and thirty-seven year old Frances Faviell learns to administer first-aid, and Lorna Bradey, serving as a nurse in France, witnesses the horror of Dunkirk first hand.
Today, a ship is hit by a torpedo, and Mary Cornish's terrifying account of the hours and days that followed is recalled.
Today, women enter the workplace in ever increasing numbers.
Today, rumours and speculation about a second front gather pace, and Doris Scorer is transferred from the aircraft factory to the woodwork shop, where she starts making gliders.
Today, as the celebratory atmosphere of VE day fades, many women are left wondering what the future holds.