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Love Letters of the Great War

Love Letters of the Great War [Kindle Edition]

Mandy Kirkby , Helen Dunmore
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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[Love Letters of the Great War] gathers together the most moving, intimate and fascinating correspondence to and from soldiers fighting in the First World War (Telegraph)

heartbreaking letters from the hell of the trenches . . . a moving collection (Daily Mail)

The passions of war are universal: these letters reflect the constancy of gallantry, intimacy and grief. (Iain Finlayson The Times)

touching and fascinating first-hand accounts ... a brilliant collection, and a must-read for both young and old (Press and Journal)

Love Letters of the Great War, sensitively edited by Mandy Kirkby and with an insightful foreword by Helen Dunmore, is more than a touching anthology. It shows that letters gave men the chance to reflect on their transformation into soldiers, allowed absent husbands and fathers to participate in family life, formed a point of physical contact between separated lovers . . . and, in spite of the censors, provided a forum for sexual fantasy. (Kate McLoughlin TLS)

emotive and poignant (Sunday Post)

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From the private papers of Winston Churchill to the tender notes of an unknown Tommy in the trenches, Love Letters of the Great War brings together some of the most romantic correspondence ever written. Some of the letters collected here are eloquent declarations of love and longing; others contain wrenching accounts of fear, jealousy and betrayal; many share sweet dreams of home. But in all the correspondence – whether from British, American, French, German, Russian, Australian and Canadian troops in the height of battle, or from the heartbroken wives and sweethearts left behind – there lies a truly human portrait of love and war. Each of the letters, many of which have never before been published, is introduced by a brief piece about the characters, some of whom were parted for ever by the tragedy of war; others reunited. A century on from the start of the First World War, these letters offer an intimate glimpse into the hearts of men and women separated by conflict, and show how love can transcend even the bleakest and most devastating of realities.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5859 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (16 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GO77JN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a short book that only took me an hour or so to read, but it gives a wonderful insight into the vast personal correspondence that was created by WW1. The letters here are not just between English soldiers and their loved ones at home, but include missives from Germany, France, India, Canada and Austria.

Most of the letters give moving voice to the emotions of ordinary people faced with extraordinary circumstances, and there are some lovely moments where, amidst the carnage, soldiers thank their wives for sausage rolls, or ask for Oxo cubes to be sent out to them.

One of my favourite letters, written to a husband in a POW camp, starts like this: ‘This is the last letter I am writing to you because on the 24th I am going to marry another man. Then, I don’t have to work any longer’ – we can only imagine what her sweetheart, if he ever received this, must have thought...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful! 28 Jan 2014
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A super book! So poignant and moving.I guarantee you will not be disappointed and feel sure you too will be moved?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 28 Jun 2014
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This book is beautifully and thoughtfully compiled and brings to life individual stories in amongst the mass slaughter of the Eastern and Western Fronts
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5.0 out of 5 stars My only problem.... 17 Jun 2014
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It's too short!

I've advised this book to a few friends already, as it really is touching to see a different perspective on the First World War.

These soldier's letters vary in terms of nationality, rank and content. There is a bit of everything; funny letters, random notes, accounts of the horrors and heart wrenching letters to their children (crying like a baby!). Most importantly every letter is a love letter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read 5 Jun 2014
By sammi
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Actually only bought this for a play we are doing but it certainly shows how life was in the Great War. I thank goodness I wasn't alive then
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and romantic. 28 May 2014
By Jodie
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Love reading this book. Some of the letters are really touching. You don't have to read page by page, you can skip through and select an individual letter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very personal connection 22 May 2014
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I bought this book having read a review in a national newspaper. I thought it might be relevant as I knew that my Grandfather had written many letters from the trenches but I was not prepared for the coverage which he got. Reading about the different platoons and experiences which the soldiers coped with was an eye-opener, not just our own soldiers but those on the other side too. We tend to forget that they also had loved ones to whom they wrote, and it's all very moving. I think the whole book is well written, researched and edited, and it occupies a special place on my bookshelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars moving insight 5 May 2014
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I bought this for my parent's wedding anniversary and they loved it. The letters are sometimes touching, heart breaking or funny.

It gives a first hand glimpse of the horrors of the war and a nostalgic look into the past. My only criticism is that the pages in the book in hard back are very thick and the paper feels cheap. The reproduced photos do not come out well on this paper and are very bleached looking. Also, the thickness of the pages mean you have to force the book open to read it when you get to the middle.

Still compelling reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of war letters.
This book gives a brilliant insight to the reactions of people left behind during the great war, especially as it is not biaised towards the families of allied soldiers, sailorss... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Simon Shore
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and heartbreaking
This book gives you a real feeling of what is going on in the trenches, and the way that these young men are coping. Some far better than others. Their fear and hopes are tangible. Read more
Published 3 months ago by soopoo
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad
This book was sent for my husband as he is very interested in WW1 history. I also read it and found the letters very moving and sad to think that so many of these men never... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading Material
This was bought as a request from my wife, she found it a very heart rendering book to read. A good author
Published 4 months ago by Silver fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Still reading it,highly recommended,some interesting facts therein.In the days of texts and emails and electronic generated post will we ever have as much written history... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for letting us know of these writings
A marvellous selection. Very moving, saddening and horrifying that writers who can produce these thoughts, feelings, and words suffered as they did, alleviated very slightly by... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Dear
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