Kate Adie knows why war reporting is mainly concerned with armed conflict. It makes the dramatic headlines and the grim headcounts from which history is later distilled. But the pioneering former BBC war correspondent’s new book about the first world war has another focus.
Fighting on the Home Front is about how British women dealt with the social turbulence and personal challenges of the war years.
“Young women today do not have a clue,” Adie said this weekend. “The many changes to women’s lives we have seen are all so recent, really.”