SELTA Member Publication

This publication appears on the profile of SELTA member Sarah Death.

A World Gone Mad: The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren Lindgren, Astrid. A World Gone Mad: The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren .

Pushkin Press, 2016. ISBN 9781782272311.

Lindgren, living with her young family in Stockholm, kept extensive diaries throughout the Second World War, which later lay forgotten in a laundry basket for many years. They offer a unique account of a world devastated by conflict, viewed through the eyes of a wife, a mother, an aspiring writer and a guilt-ridden citizen of a neutral state. Alongside accounts of military, political and global events we read vignettes of domestic life, rationing , children's birthdays, summer holidays with relatives, growing marital tension and the excitement of taking wing as a children's writer.