I’ve been fictionalising some more of the letters to cover the period 1938-1941 and am now in the period just after the war started. I’m taking my clues from the later letters and I really do notice that there is much talk of the weather and the seasons.
I think also I’m picking up a bit of style from the voices of the girls. This is no bad thing, actually. It may give a greater sense of time and possibly even of place. However, in order to cater for a modern readership, I’m actually making the extracts shorter than the original letters.
Many of the letters also mention the girls’ social duty – the equivalent of military service for the boys / men. Aha, another topic to research.
And so it goes on.