Joyce Dennys
Henrietta's War
March 17, 2019 Comments.. 323
Henrietta s War When village life in deepest rural Devon is touched by the upheavals of World War II Henrietta and her colourful cast of friends and neighbours including the stoic and buxom Lady B the irrepressibl

  • Title: Henrietta's War
  • Author: Joyce Dennys
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When village life in deepest, rural Devon is touched by the upheavals of World War II, Henrietta and her colourful cast of friends and neighbours including the stoic and buxom Lady B, the irrepressibly flirtatious Faith and Henrietta s long suffering GP husband Charles are determined to fight the good fight with patriotic fervour and good humour Henrietta chronicles tWhen village life in deepest, rural Devon is touched by the upheavals of World War II, Henrietta and her colourful cast of friends and neighbours including the stoic and buxom Lady B, the irrepressibly flirtatious Faith and Henrietta s long suffering GP husband Charles are determined to fight the good fight with patriotic fervour and good humour Henrietta chronicles the village s wildly entertaining activities, from feuds over cooks and rivalry over bomb stories , to choir romances and deep rooted friendships, in a correspondence to her dear childhood friend Robert.

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    1. Karin says:

      This is a compilation of a set of fictional letters based one the real WW II experiences in Joyce’s town. While she and her family are given different names, everyone else in the book is fictional as is the childhood friend they are addressed to. They were printed in a London newspaper throughout the war.The humour is lovely, the characters endearing and the writing good. Naturally, WW II was a serious time, but there is almost always a time and place for humour to help people cope, and I thin [...]

    2. Jenny Brown says:

      Delightful classic English village humor. Think Angela Thirkell without the nastiness, snobbery, and tendency to run on. Agatha Cristie without the body in the library. If you need something to help you cope with the sheer awfulness of life today--and the pervasive corrosive cynicism--this will do nicely.

    3. Teresa says:

      Enjoyed this immensely. A lighthearted look at a series subject. Set in WWII in a small English village, it's a look at the attitude of the people by the local doctor's wife. Though the names are different, this is written at the actual time of the war so we have first hand accounts throughout. It is in the form of letters to an old friend at the front and she is filling him in on all the doings of the village. If you enjoy home front stories of the war and some great character depictions, you'l [...]

    4. Susan says:

      This book consists of fictional letters from the pen of Henrietta Brown, a housewife and mother, married to local doctor Charles, written to her childhood friend Robert. However, much of the life of Henrietta mirrored that of Joyce Dennys; born in India, she attended Art School in Exeter (in the book, her lodger was also a fellow art student) and she was also the wife of a doctor, a mother and a writer and artist. During the way, the character of Henrietta became a propaganda tool; a comfort to [...]

    5. Jan C says:

      For most of this book my rating was a ★★ or ★★★ rating. But as I read the last couple of entries I just began to see so much more of her humor. Not sure that I had realized that she had also done the illustrations. And I think it began to remind me more of the Lucia and Mapp stories that I had stumbled upon at the local public library, long before it was on PBS.The biographical note at the conclusion advises that Dennys had put aside her artwork when she married a doctor (much like Hen [...]

    6. Emily says:

      WWII from the perspective of the home front in a small village in Devon. I was taken aback and disconcerted at how light-hearted and cheerful it is, frothy, even. But then one recollects that as a collection of newspaper sketches, many if not most of its original readers had plenty of of grim reality close at hand and probably cherished its wittiness greatly. It's enlivened by sketches by the author which add some period charm.

    7. Laurie Notaro says:

      Quite funny and charming.

    8. Anuja (abookishrendezvous) says:

      Henrietta's War was a delightful read. Laced with British Humour, the book also managed to dole out pearls of wisdom, albeit in a subtle way.The day-to-day struggles of individuals living in a village in Devonshire are chronicled in a balanced manner. The reader can glimpse the privations the British Public had to undergo during the Second World War.But strength and individual good will fuel not only the patriotic fervour but also act like moonbeams on the water to help the sailor navigate his w [...]

    9. Elisha Condie says:

      This is the first book of the two about Henrietta's experience in the war. Her narrative voice is so funny and wry and the little cartoon drawings that are scattered throughout the book are perfect.I love their village in Devonshire where they are trying hard to be helpful to the war effort. Like, in order to train for the A.R.P. villagers pitch in and one night as Charles is walking home he nearly runs over a figure lying at the side of the road - " "Hullo, what's the matter with you?" and a ch [...]

    10. Melinda Elizabeth says:

      Henrietta’s War is a charming collation of stories that ran in newspapers worldwide during WWII. Joyce Dennys was a frustrated homemaker who let her imagination run wild with her character Henrietta, and the vignettes compiled in this book are sharp and witty. The illustrations that compliment the stories are charming, and I loved seeing the ‘age’ in terms of fashion and props in the images shown. The country townsfolk that Henrietta mentions in her letters to her dear childhood friend Rob [...]

    11. Austen to Zafón says:

      I have been reading a lot of domestic fiction from Britain of the 1930's and 40's, mostly diary-style and short stories. I must say that this book, which takes the form of letters from a housewife and mother in Devon to her "Childhood's Friend" Robert who is at the front, is gentler and more wistful than other books I've read in this particular genre. E. M. Delafield's funny "Provincial Lady" books, which I read snd enjoyed just before this book have a similar venue (small town, trying to make d [...]

    12. Terence Manleigh says:

      This delightful volume is compiled of an ongoing series Joyce Dennys wrote for Sketch during the early years of the Second World War. In the form of letters to a beloved childhood friend on the front, our heroine Henrietta keeps his spirits up with the very amusing doings of her Devon village on the Home Front as they prepare for invasion, bombings, making due on rations and making sure one's garden is the envy of one's neighbours. A quick enjoyable read and, in its subtle way, a inspiration abo [...]

    13. Laurel Hicks says:

      Cheerfulness in dark times.

    14. Lady Drinkwell says:

      I know this is written far too often on tee towels and mugs but "keep calm and carry on" sums this book up. lots of lovely characters, and a choir which I enjoyed.

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    16. GeraniumCat says:

      Inevitably I found myself comparing this to The Diary of a Provincial Lady which, of course, I love. But I also loved Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942, which is gentler and kinder in some ways. I assume that the setting is Budleigh Salterton, since the town seems to own several of Joyce Dennys's paintings of local scenes - they are full of the sort of characters who populate her book, which is rather joyous. I love the story, early on, that the local fisherman are telling the [...]

    17. Nicola Mansfield says:

      Reason for Reading: I am reading all The Bloomsbury Group books.Joyce Dennys who at the time was more known for her illustrations and aid work during WWI found her time more limited during WWII, being now taken up almost full-time as a mother and doctor's wife so she turned to writing, publishing a fictional letter from "Henrietta" to a dear "Childhood's Friend" on the war front about daily life back on the home front. The article proved so popular that Henrietta's letters became a regular featu [...]

    18. Nancy says:

      Joyce Dennys, an illustrator by trade, wrote this series of essays as a weekly column during WW II; they purport to be letters written by Henrietta (the local doctor's wife) to her Childhood's Friend, Robert, at the Front. Gentle, wry, and often laugh-out-loud funny, Henrietta's letters describe the daily struggles of ordinary Englishmen and -women, Keeping the Home Fires Burning. Of course, each letter is illustrated by one of Dennys's witty illustrations.This may be my favorite Bloomsbury to d [...]

    19. Bridget says:

      I've had this book on my Nook for a while, but just got around to reading it, and I'm so glad I did! The book is a collection of letters from Henrietta, who lives in a village in England during WWII, to her "dear childhood friend," who is serving at the front. She is writing to let him know that he is in her thoughts, but also to keep his spirits up by telling him how her family and others' in the village are doing. The letters are, for the most part, short. But they are chock full of informatio [...]

    20. Nigeyb says:

      The eponymous Henrietta is a middle-class, middle-aged housewife who lives in a small rural coastal town in Devon (based on Budleigh Salterton) that abounds with stereotypical World War 2 era English characters.The extent to which you might enjoy "Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942" will depend on your tolerance for reading about the details of Henrietta's early WW2 observations of small town life as related in one-sided correspondence to her dear childhood friend Robert.It's a [...]

    21. Camille says:

      Henrietta's War is a sweet collection of letters written from perfectly average Henrietta Brown, to her childhood friend Robert, who is fighting on the front lines in France. She describes in vivid detail, and with charming cartoonish illustrations, daily life in war torn rural Britain. I was surprised to find that Henrietta and the other extraordinary characters she writes about are fictional, that this book is actually a compilation of stories written in letter form and published weekly in Ske [...]

    22. Gabi Coatsworth says:

      Written during World War 2 by Joyce Dennys as a series of humorous columns in the Daily Sketch, the gentle humor and cheerful ambiance of this book make it a perfect read on a winter day. Not as sharp as Angela Thirkell who covers much of the same ground, but sometimes you just want a book Nanny might have written.

    23. Bookworm says:

      I really wanted this to be good I do love my English reads But I didn't feel the atmosphere of this one was right, so I didn't finish it. The "flirtatious"character Faith, was one reason, and the drama club meeting was another.

    24. katie says:

      Thank you, Josie!!! I loved this!

    25. Linda says:

      4.5So charming

    26. Sue says:

      I loved this little book. It is made up of letters from Henrietta, a doctor's wife in Devon, to her old childhood friend Robert, who is away fighting in WW2. The letters are designed to cheer up her friend, and are packed full of little incidents and observations about the village, the people and the way that the war has affected their lives.On one occasions she reminisces about a time before the war when they all gathered at her house during one lazy summer. "How happy we were, and how little w [...]

    27. Kate says:

      "Dogs, garden tea-parties, bumbling vicars, fierce tweedy ladies who longed for Hitler to land so they could give him what for, and retired colonels -- this was the Home Front."While their army is engaged elsewhere, the inhabitants of a small town on the Devon coast are coping with the privations of war with a determination born of British backbone. Here is Faith, the town beauty, pasting lingerie silk to her windows to guard against blast damage. And Mrs. Whinbite, bohemian and free-thinker, ga [...]

    28. Rebecca says:

      A lighthearted read - and that is what it is meant to be. It was first written as short magazine pieces during the war it portrays, so the readers knew all about the harsh realities. This is looking at those realities and try to smile a bit too. Just two things - I don't know why the title ends in 1942, because Dennys wrote about Henrietta throughout the war. And I really don't get why the title says 1939-1942, because the last piece is dated to the Christmas in 1941 (it could be that it was pub [...]

    29. Amy says:

      My dearest friend Bryan sent me this book on my birthday and he has perfect taste because this was a total delight.

    30. Rena Ong says:

      Another forgotten gem. Very funny.

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