Meet Jerry White, the author of Zeppelin Nights, the story of London in the First World War.
The War changes the city's life for ever. Women escape the drudgery of domestic service to work as munitionetts and full employment puts money into the pockets of the London poor for the first time. Self-appointed moral guardians seize the chance to clamp down on drink, frivolous entertainment and licentious behaviour. As the war drags on, gloom often descends on the capital. At night London is plunged into darkness for fear of German bombers and Zeppelins that continually raid the city.
Peopled with patriots and pacifists, clergymen and thieves, bluestockings and prostitutes, Jerry White’s magnificent panorama reveals a struggling yet flourishing city. Despite daily casualty lists, food shortages and enemy bombing, Londoners are determined to get on with their lives and flock to cinemas, theatres, dance halls and shebeens, firmly resolved not to let Germans or puritans spoil their enjoyment.
Woking Library. Entry £6. Doors will open at 7pm. Refreshments included in ticket price.