Home Fires: The Story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War

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The basis for the PBS Masterpiece series starring Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Cranford)

Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role in their countrys war effort. As members of the Womens Institute, an organization with a presence in a third of Britains villages, they ran canteens and knitted garments for troops, collected tons of rosehips and other herbs to replace medicines that couldnt be imported, and advised the government on issues ranging from evacuee housing to childrens health to postwar reconstruction. But they are best known for making jam: from produce they grew on every available scrap of land, they produced twelve million pounds of jam and preserves to feed a hungry nation.

Home Fires, Julie Summerss fascinating social history of the Womens Institute during the war (when its members included the future Queen Elizabeth II along with her mother and grandmother), provides the remarkable and inspiring true story behind the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series that will be sure to delight fans of Call the Midwife and Foyles War. Through archival material and interviews with current and former Womens Institute members, Home Fires gives us an intimate look at life on the home front during World War II.


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