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Our Uninvited Guests: The Secret Life of Britain's Country Houses 1939-45 Julie Summers has an amazing instinct for unearthing good stories and telling quotes Craig Brown, The Mail On Sunday This is an enjoyable book, peppered with examples of under reported wartime heroism Robert Leigh Pemberton, The Daily Telegraph It s hard to believe that there are still untold stories about Britain and World War II, but Julie Summers has unearthed a fascinating one that she tells with great verve and style All in all, Uninvited Guests is a sheer delight Lynne Olson, author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island A remarkable narrative set against the dark days of World War Two, from one of the country s foremost social historians Our Uninvited Guests perfectly captures the spirit of upheaval at the beginning of the Second World War when thousands of houses were requisitioned by the government to provide accommodation for the armed forces, secret services and government offices as well as vulnerable children, the sick and the elderly, all of whom needed to be housed safely beyond the reach of Hitler s Luftwaffe Julie Summers gives the reader a behind the scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain s greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would otherwise never have set foot in such opulent surroundingsBlenheim Palace was colonised by schoolboys who slept in the Long Library Polish special agents trained in the grounds of Audley End House, learning to forge and lie their way into occupied Europe in the old nursery Brocket Hall, former home of Queen Victoria s favourite Lord Melbourne, was used as a maternity home for women from the East End of London, and the Rothschilds magnificent French chateau inspired Waddesdon Manor housed a hundred children under five The Northern Highlands, where the fierce warriors of Scotland s past developed their unconventional military skills, played host to the most extreme form of warfare, training agents in the fine arts of sabotage, subterfuge and assassination The juxtaposition of splendour and opulence with the everyday activities of people whose needs were at odds with their new surroundings is at the heart of this book This thought provoking and evocative narrative captures a crucial period in the social history of Britain Praise for Julie Summers Superbhighly recommended Who Do You Think You Are Magazine A remarkable collection of storiesa rich and moving book Mail on Sunday Summers is a good and knowledgeable writerpowerful, emotional stuff Independent A poignant, lingering account BBC History Magazine A revelation full of information, reminiscences, humour and social history Reading it not only gave me great pleasure but also made me proud to be a member of such a long lasting, valuable and vital organisation Helen Carey OBE, former chairman of the National Federation of Women s Institutes Well written, interesting content Came well up to expectations. I have just finished reading this fabulous book A historical account of a selection of Britain s country houses during WW2 sounds like it could be heavy weather to get through, but from chapter 1 until the very end I was totally absorbed and fascinated about the events that took place in each residence I had absolutely no idea about any of the situations that occurred, so it provided a completely new, fresh outlook with regard to WW2 on the homefront.Every chapter introduces us to some amazing characters who fulfilled their allotted wartime role with determination, dedication, perseverance and at times, a much required sense of humour, as seen with Sister Dominic, as she describes the arrival of the sisters from the Convent of the Religious of the Assumption at Aldenham Park.My favourite, and up until now unknown and unsung hero of this troubled time is Barbara Bertram, who along with her husband, ran their home Bignor Manor, as a safe house for Free French agents.So much is owed to the brave folk who were involved in the activities in each house These are stories that should be told and never forgotten and the majority of them are worthy of adaptation to the big or small screen.Congratulations Julie Summers on a truly magnificent book. A truly fascinating insight in to the unrecognized planning that was prepared prior to 1939 and afterwards I found the history of the houses and anecdotal stories of their war time use totally interesting and very informative It was also interesting to note my own association with those houses in passing during my own life and not realize the rich history behind their walls To me, the author captured the wartime atmosphere with great insight and skill This is a must read for people interested in that period of history You will not be disappointed On the downside so many other good books are mentioned in the text Very interesting, Well researched

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