In her 1937 autobiography, Three Ways Home, Sheila Kaye-Smith considers the commercial failure of her wartime novel Little England:
The explanation [...] does not lie entirely in the book itself, but also in the time of its appearance. that must share the responsibility for the small impression that it made. It was a war book, and when it had been out only a short time the war ended; and the war was no sooner ended than desperate efforts were made to forget it. War books were swept off the library shelves, and the rumour went round that publishers were inserting clauses in their contracts to prevent them being written; certainly none of any importance appeared for several years. The general and natural desire was to get back to normal life – to dig a deep grave for the past, build a comfortable house for the present, and blow an idealistic bubble for the future.