#TwiceRemoved with Naomi Clifford

Twice Removed Series 3 Episode 2

Naomi Clifford, history writer and journalist, joins me to discuss life at home during the Blitz.

From food, to volunteering to entertainment, Naomi delves into the lives of those that lived through the Blitz. To what extent has the Blitz spirit been mythologised? How did experiences vary depending on your wealth, or lack of it? What do the diaries of those that lived through the Blitz reveal about life during this era?

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A Spotlight on Naomi Clifford

Naomi Clifford is a history writer and journalist. She has four books under her belt, and another, Under Fire, to be published in a couple of weeks. All of them have relied on genealogical research supplemented by archival work and the digging out of many many rabbit holes.

Under Fire, which will be published on 7 September by Caret Press, is an exploration of the diaries of June Spencer, a debutante and dress designer, who volunteered for the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service in 1940. She lived in Chelsea – in a crumbling old mansion – it has since been done up and Mick Jagger and Roman Abramovich are among its recent residents. Back then it was stuffed full of young people working on the home front or waiting to join the military.

You can find out more about Naomi and her work on her website here.

You can follow Naomi on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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