Nella Last's Peace

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0120081215

Imelda Staunton reads from the postwar diaries of 'Housewife, 49'.

Nella reflects on hopes for the future after the announcement of the Japanese surrender.

0220081216

Imelda Staunton reads from the postwar diaries of 'Housewife, 49', Nella Last, which give a frank account of the difficulties of adapting to life in Britain after the end of the Second World War.

Nella looks forward to having her two adult sons, Cliff and Arthur, home for Christmas, but worries about their future prospects.

0320081217

Imelda Staunton reads from the postwar diaries of 'Housewife, 49', Nella Last, which give a frank account of the difficulties of adapting to life in Britain after the end of WWII.

The first New Year of peacetime looks set to bring more changes and uncertainty, and the breakdown of a friend's marriage gives Nella cause to consider the state of her own.

04*20081218

Nella has to face the prospect of her son Cliff emigrating to Australia.

Imelda Staunton reads from the postwar diaries of 'Housewife, 49', Nella Last, which give a frank account of the difficulties of adapting to life in Britain after the end of WWII.

Nella bemoans her sons' apparent unwillingness to have children.

She then has to face the prospect of Cliff emigrating to Australia.

05 LAST*20081219

Nella reflects on her experience of two world wars and compares the peacetime optimism of 1918 with the mood of the late 1940s.

What, she wonders, does the future hold for the next generation?