Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
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Powerful, brave and inspiring stories of war at the front and at home - from ordinary people.
This remarkable book gives first-hand accounts of the war experiences of working-class men and women from Castlemilk, Glasgow.
The stories are from the front and at home. We learn what life was like before war intervened: the streets and the fields, the jobs at the factory and the blacksmith, the large families with wholesome food and the church-going. After the war, the lives they once knew were forever vanished, and some of them faced another struggle to fit in to a changing world.
Few talked about their wartime experiences but, here, they tell John Miller the stories of their experiences. Unusually, these are not the accounts of politicians and Generals but of the unheard ordinary people coping with the realities of war.
We might expect such stories to be bitter or harrowing. Instead, they are full of courage, tolerance and stoicism. Among the unspeakable horrors of war we find acts of human kindness
"Within these pages, there are tales of extraordinary bravery. They offer us all inspiration and hope for humanity." -- Terry Waite CBE
"A poignant and engaging account of war's effect on ordinary people ... it's important to be reminded of the human cost in the battle for freedom - and to ponder on the evil, poverty and disregard for the sanctity of human life that are at the root of so much conflict." -- The Rt Rev. Nigel McCulloch
"These stories of ordinary, unsung people caught up in warfare provide a personal dimension that's not normally to be found. Unforgettably, they bring us face to face with war's realities." -- Martin Bell OBE
"Heroes are not supermen or superwomen but ordinary people who have the courage and resolve to do extraordinary things. John Miller has done us all a favour by recording for posterity these stories of quiet courage and grace under pressure." -- Trevor Royle, Sunday Herald
"A continuous golden thread of solid Christian conviction runs through this book. It would be a dull person who could not be moved by the simple honesty of the stories, all told without the faintest trace of rancour." -- A. C. Herdman