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Marjorie's War: Four Families in the Great War 1914-1918
Marjorie's War: Four Families in the Great War 1914-1918
by Charles Messenger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.57

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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book, 1 Sep 2012
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The editors of this book have transcribed the letters sent to and from the World War I warzone by members of four families, to produce a remarkable book, well worth the many months it must have taken the editors to produce. The Marjorie of the title was the mother and grand-mother of the editors.

The letters contain a vast amount of detail of the lives lived by the soldiers and by their families back in England. There are surprising details, such as the contents of the food parcels sent to the warzone (often from Fortnum and Mason), including eggs, butter and pheasants. The result is a book in which the whole is far more interesting than the sum of the parts. As the letters from the warzone were censored, the editors have added just the right amount of historical narrative to set the letters into their context.

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