Origins of the book

Anne Hughes' Diary had its first public airing in 1937 in the pages of the Farmer's Weekly Magazine where it was published in serialised form under the title, 'The Journal of Anne Hughes'. It was transcribed by Jeanne Preston in sections, we believe with various additions by her, and sent to Mary Day, editor of the FW Home Section. It came about because Jeanne had previously sent in articles for publication and she thought they might be interested in an old diary she had been given as a child. Jeanne always wanted to see Anne Hughes' Diary published as a book, but owing to a paper shortage after the war, she never did. Sadly, Jeanne had died by the time Countrywise, the book publishing arm of Farmer's Weekly, eventually decided to go ahead with the book.