The Little Wartime Library
by Kate Thompson
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Pub Date 21 Feb 2023 | Archive Date Not set
London, 1944. Clara Button is no ordinary librarian. While the world remains at war, in East London, Clara has created the country's only underground library, built over the tracks in the unused Bethnal Green tube station. Down here, a whole community thrives with thousands of bunk beds, a nursery, a café, and a theatre offering shelter, solace, and protection from the bombs that fall above.
Along with her glamorous best friend and library assistant Ruby Munroe, Clara ensures the library is the beating heart of life underground. But as the war rages on, the women's determination to remain strong in the face of adversity is tested to the limits when it seems it may come at the price of keeping those closest to them alive.
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This is a well-written, emotional account of two women’s experiences in London during WWII. Clara, a librarian, ends up running an underground library among the privations of war and the Blitz with best friend Ruby’s assistance. The book takes you through their losses and loves, giving a good sense of the hardships of the war even for those who didn’t fight. Recommended.
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