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.