The secret lives of women during World War Two to be revealed at Bexleyheath talk

PUBLISHED: 15:27 11 October 2010 | UPDATED: 16:21 11 October 2010

Mavis Nicholson

Mavis Nicholson


The first female television interviewer will be giving a talk next month focusing on her book about women’s lives during wartime.

Mavis Nicholson, who appeared on Good Afternoon and Mavis on 4, will be at the Central Library in Townley Road, Bexleyheath, on Wednesday, November 24, from 7.30 pm.

She is due to talk about her re-published book of interviews with a varied collection of women who lived through World War Two, called What Did You Do in the War, Mummy?: Women in World War II.

The collection which was re-published on September 17 has a new foreword by Dame Vera Lynn.

Originally published in 1995, the interviewees range from the working class to the aristocracy, from ‘lumberjills’ (female lumberjacks) to members of the labour movement, from showgirls to intelligence officers.

Their accounts reveal how they lived, worked, loved and coped in those years as well as the post-war adjustments they had to make.

Nicholson was born in 1930, in industrial south Wales. After university she became an advertising copywriter in London, socialising with the likes of author Kingsley Amis and comedian John Morgan, and then became a full-time mother for ten years.

At the age of 43 she presented her first television series called Good Afternoon. Still broadcasting, she is also the agony aunt for The Oldie magazine.

A limited numbers of tickets are available at £2.50 from the library or telephone 020 8303 7777 and choose option four.

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