The War Workers

The War Workers Excerpt VI THE new Canteen in Pollard Street was opened before Christmas Lesbia Willoughby in an immense overall of light blue and white check stood behind a long buffet and demanded stridently whet

  • Title: The War Workers
  • Author: E.M. Delafield
  • ISBN: 9781104509200
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Excerpt VI THE new Canteen in Pollard Street was opened before Christmas Lesbia Willoughby, in an immense overall of light blue and white check, stood behind a long buffet and demanded stridently whether she wasn t too exactly like a barmaid for words, and Char s consignment of helpers worked for the most part briskly and efficiently, only the unfortunate Miss Plumtree uExcerpt VI THE new Canteen in Pollard Street was opened before Christmas Lesbia Willoughby, in an immense overall of light blue and white check, stood behind a long buffet and demanded stridently whether she wasn t too exactly like a barmaid for words, and Char s consignment of helpers worked for the most part briskly and efficiently, only the unfortunate Miss Plumtree upsetting a mug of scalding tea over herself at the precise moment when Miss Vivian, trim and workmanlike in her dark uniform, entered the big hall and stood watching the scene with her arrogant, observant gaze She did not ask Miss Plumtree whether her hand was scalded, but neither did she rebuke her very evident clumsiness She moved slowly and imperially through the thick tobacco laden atmosphere, speaking to several of the men, and silently observing the demeanour of her staff The following week she issued an office circular in which the precise direction which the activity of each worker was to take was inexorably laid down Miss Plumtree was banished d perpetuite to the pantry, to wash up at full speed over a sink She worked at the Canteen on Mondays, always the busiest evening In the same shift were Mrs Potter and Miss Henderson, to each of whom was appointed the care of an urn, Grace Jones, Miss Delmege, and Miss Marsh Miss Delmege stood behind the buffet, which position, she said, seemed very strange to her from being so like a counter in a shop, and the other two took orders at the various small tables in the hall, and hurried to a

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    1. E.M. Delafield

      Edm e Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, n e de la Pasture 9 June 1890 2 December 1943 , commonly known as E M Delafield, was a prolific English author who is best known for her largely autobiographical Diary of a Provincial Lady, which took the form of a journal of the life of an upper middle class Englishwoman living mostly in a Devon village of the 1930s, and its sequels in which the Provincial Lady buys a flat in London and travels to America Other sequels of note are her experiences looking for war work during the Phoney War in 1939, and her experiences as a tourist in the Soviet Union.Daughter of the novelist Mrs Henry De La Pasture.

    571 thoughts on “The War Workers”

    1. I purchased a collection of E.M. Delafield's novel on my Kindle rather a long time ago, and found that I still had three novels outstanding. I chose to read The War-Workers first merely because it was the first title I had not read in the collection. What I found was a surprisingly complex and rather wonderful novel about a group of female workers on the British Home Front during the First World War. The characters are almost remarkably vivid, and Delafield comments throughout upon the class iss [...]


    2. The War-Workers is an early novel from E M Delafield, published about twelve years before her most famous work The Diary of a Provincial Lady (which I re-read recently). This is one of the titles on the list of books for the LibraryThing Great war theme read – it was actually one of the books for March and April – I’ll be playing catch up for the rest of the year I think, and I am rather surprised at just how much I loved it. This novel is not one which takes us to the trenches of the West [...]


    3. free ebook from Project Gutenberg.Set during World War I England, this story centers on a Lady Vivian, a 29-year-old woman who goes to great lengths to secure admiration for her, uh, selfless devotion to her war work managing a supply depot and other war service organizations in her region. Though projecting an image of herself as extremely efficient, her refusal to delegate and desire for control creates obstacles for others and a great deal of unnecessary work for herself and staff. Her staff [...]


    4. I like E.M. Delafield. She wrote all the "Provincial Lady" books, which were largely auto-biographical accounts of her life as a wife and mother in a provincial village. I heard about this book, but couldn't find it at the library or in any used book store. I ended up buying a copy on ebay from Germany, a second edition signed by the author! I was excited. This story takes place during WWI, at a supply depot, where women young and old are doing their best to help out with the "war effort," under [...]


    5. More a character study than a novel, this second work of E M Delafield's nevertheless keeps the reader's interest. Written in 1917 about a group of women undertaking administrative war work under the leadership of Charmian Vincent, the only child of the local landed gentry in a provincial town, the story unfolds by the development of the characters of her cast, rather than by events. She has a marvellous ability to very sharply delineate a character from one or two deeds or utterances. The main [...]


    6. The War-Workers, was EM Delafield's second novel, written before she'd really honed her talents, and is not as entertaining as 'The Diary of a Provincial Lady'. I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to EM Delafield, but it is an interesting and enjoyable read.Set in the First World War, it's a social satire, slow to take off, and a little laboured in places, but sharply observed. The central character is Charmian Vivian, Director of The Midland Supply Depot who, according to her staff,never [...]


    7. When I first started reading this I thought I was in for a boring character study, but I was very wrong. This story picks-up really quickly, even though it doesn't really go anywhere. You are given a glimpse into the lives of a group of people for a series of time, leaving them after some events unfold, their lives changed but not drastically so. This short book was enjoyable to read and the characters are built in a way that you get sucked into their lives. I found myself rooting for certain pe [...]


    8. Perhaps a surprise that this is not better known. It is something of a rarity, a book set in the WW1, written in 1917 and focusing on women's war work. I suppose that it is more of a study in character and, as one of Delafield's earlier novels, lacks the sparkle and wot of her later work, it lacks the real punch that would make it better known. Nevertheless for fans of early 20th century fiction, this is a real joy. Very much of its time, relatively sharp and well written. A real joy to read.


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    10. Wonderful book about the WW1 workers. Realistic, and full of recognizable types of people, some who I have worked with and one who was my boss.


    11. Why?Why didn't I stop reading after the first chapter? This book focused on a smug, egomaniac who seems to do nothing more than spin her wheels.



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