When the war ended, it was hard for some children to comprehend. In South Wales, Maggie heard ‘cheering and shouting and people letting bangers off’. Her mother told her Germany was defeated. ‘I don’t think I really took it in,’ she reports. ‘I’d never known a life without sirens and bombing… for me it was the norm.’ Anyone in search of a broader, more scholarly account of the home front during World War II needs to look elsewhere. But, as a record of what it was like to be a child at that time, Wartime Summer is unbeatable.