“Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions.”
This story is set in the direct aftermath of the Second World War, allowing for exceptions. It concerns the lives of a charming set of young and not so young ladies living together in a building in London which has survived the bombing, but which is haunted by the myth of a bomb dropped there without exploding, some years ago. Most girls are happily carefree and perfectly unengaged in the political developments of the time, even though the life-altering moments in history are mentioned in short sub-clauses every now and then: the capture of Ribbentrop, the dropping of the atomic bomb, Churchill’s speeches, Labour’s election success, the ruinous state of London.
Those are merely descriptions serving as backdrop to the girls’ real issues. Of importance are lovers, jobs, diets, who gets to wear the “good dress”, and who is able to sneak out through the window to have secret meetings on the roof.