After the First World War, because of the huge loss of a generation of men, many women were left the opportunity to have a life partner. This book looks at some of these women and how they survived without men after the war and it also tells of those who made it their business to change things so that the generations of women to follow them would not be left in the same state. This book resonated with me as when I first started bookselling I worked with a wonderful Children’s bookseller called Miss Smith. She was a retired nanny and after she retired from bookselling in her eighties she invited me and my boyfriend to tea at her flat. Well I say flat it was really only one room and yet it contained her life. There were masses of photos of former charges from her Nanny Incarnation and also a black and white photo of a young man in a pilot’s uniform. He was her fiancé and he had been killed during the First World War. I found it so sad that she had never found anyone else. She was a very private person and I was only 16 she would never have confided in me and I would have been rebuffed if I had asked her history but that poignant moment of seeing that photo has always stayed with me.