'The Belfast Blitz: The People's Story' by author and BBC television producer Stephen Douds tells the story of the Luftwaffe raids on the city from a new perspective by making use of the voices of those who witnessed the events.
The book draws heavily on the excellent wartime writings of people like Doreen Bates, Moya Woodside, and Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse Emma Duffin. Quotes from government officials, Civil Defence Volunteers, and residents of Belfast offer a well-rounded narrative of the Blitz. The book covers the peaceful days before the raids when many in the city grew tired of false alarms and air raid warnings. Eye witness accounts and newspaper archives provide a detailed look at the terrifying events of April and May 1941 and the reader learns what life was like in the aftermath of the traumatic raids.