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Summary

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 railway tracks in the disused Bethnal Green tube station. Down here, a whole community thrives: with hundreds of bunk beds, a café and a theatre offering shelter from the bombs that fall above.

Along with her glamorous best friend and assistant librarian, Ruby Munroe, Clara ensures the library is the beating heart of life underground. But as the war drags 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.

Based on true events, The Little Wartime Library is an inspiring and heart-wrenching story of life on the home front, and of the strength of courage required to fight for what you believe in.

©2022 Kate Thompson (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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The little Wartime Library

I really enjoyed this book. A true story of life in the underground in London where there was a library and where proplecwho were bombed out of their homes, lived. I recommend this book.

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Well worth a listen!

A real place, with documented events and memories from those who lived in those times intertwined in fiction. Then followed by historical insights into the UK library service, with quotes by librarians which opened up a whole new perception of what a library was seen as and used for. I would never before have thought such a subject as fascinating especially as the local library is but a distant memory.

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For book lovers everywhere.

I absolutely adored this book. A must read for book lovers and WW2 historians alike.

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Spellbinding

Absolutely adored this book. Being from the East End myself, I resonated with the community feel that this book so well portrayed. I felt transported back to WW2 and that in another life I would be pals with Ruby and Clara.
Such a wonderfully written book and was so disappointed it came to an end

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Well read by narrator and thoroughly enjoyed the book. Like the explanations etc of where the information for certain parts was found.

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  • 15-03-22

Truly a captivating read

I loved this book from cover to cover. So richly written with characters so believable and warm. I could not put it down.

I especially loved the epilogue - the story behind the novel added such insight into a world well before my time yet one I could well imagine living through COVID. Congratulations The Little Wartime Library will become a classic fir all the right reasons.