It’s 1944, and while the war destroys buildings, houses and people, librarian Clara Button and her best friend Ruby decide to create the country’s only underground library. Down the disused Bethnal Green tube station, a secret community thrives: with not only Clara’s library, but also thousands of bunk beds, a nursery, a café and a theatre offering shelter. Clara’s choice is not easy, but she is determined to help those around her and bring the joy of reading.
❤️ What I liked about The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson
👩 Clara. A war widow devoted to books and to the idea that women and children have the same right as men to read any book they want.
👩 Ruby. Strong and, at the same time, extremely vulnerable. She lives to help others and loves her mother and her best friend more than her own life.
📖 Books are for everybody. In a society where women shouldn’t read too much and children are considered just a nuisance, Clara strongly believes not only that everybody should read, but that they should be allowed to read any kind of book they want. Girls shouldn’t be forced to read only books “for girls”. Romance and fiction are as good as non-fiction.
💪 Women’s rights. This topic is quite crucial in the book. The author talks about abusive husbands, rape, miscarriage… and much more. It’s based on a true story. Now, I am not sure to what extent this novel is based on a true story, but I would love to know more about it.
To the score
A big big big five. If you love books about books, if you spent your childhood at your local library, and if you enjoy good historical fiction, this is definitely the book for you! Thanks to #netgalley for the preview.