In keeping with the World War One centenary and of course, the release of the new series of much-loved ‘Downton Abbey’, we held a fascinating talk last night with Adele Parks and Kate Williams on the theme of the home-front during WW1. TV Historian-come-novelist Kate, and Times Writer and contemporary fiction author Adele, formed a powerful duo, introducing their wonderful new books whilst successfully covering the more general topic of the role of the ‘surplus’ women during and after WW1.
It was an intimate talk filled with inspiring anecdotes and personal real-life tales, underpinned by fascinating and evidently meticulous, research.
Testimony to this, at the end of the talk this inspirational pair were greeted with many admiring fans, desperate for signed copies of these powerful books and keen to speak with the inspiring creators. These are two people that are so clearly passionate about their chosen subject topic, and so dedicated to giving a voice to the lesser-known stories of the war – their enthusiasm for the history of WW1 is truly infectious.
There was a real buzz after the event, and like all good historians, Adele and Kate left us with far more questions than we came with.