Business As Usual is a delightful illustrated novel in letters from Hilary Fane, an Edinburgh girl fresh out of university who is determined to support herself by her own earnings in London for a year, despite the mutterings of her surgeon fiancee.
Emerging out of the 1940-1941 London Blitz, the drama of these two short works by Inez Holden, a novel and a memoir, comes from the courage and endurance of ordinary people met in the factories, streets and lodging houses of a city under bombardment.
This remarkable novel about wartime life and work is a companion to Blitz Writing (2019), Handheld Press's edition of Inez Holden's novella Night Shift (1941) and her wartime diaries It Was Different At The Time (1943). This edition includes three pieces of Holden's long-form journalism, detailing wartime life.
Where Stands A Winged Sentry, taken from the author's war diaries, conveys the tension, frustration and bewilderment of the progression of the Second World War, and the terror of knowing that the worst is to come, but not yet knowing what the worst will be.