Dear Joan: Love Letters from the Second World War Paperback – 5 May 2011
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"Personal stories, especially those as compelling as Tony's and Joan's, are hugely important in putting a "human" face on the war" (Sir Peter Squire, Chairman of Trustees, Imperial War Museum)
"Touching" (Weekly News)
"Most enjoyable" (Dame Vera Lynn)
"A gorgeous book" (Anne Diamond)
"Wonderful . . . a tribute to the strength of love" (Vanessa Feltz)
Extracts from the largest known surviving collection of love letters from the Second World WarSee all Product Description
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If you believe otherwise, avoid like the anthrax plague that British scientists considered unleashing on German cities, and then rejected for practical (not moral) reasons
The sincerity of the love between the RAF officer and Joan is not doubted, but this is not enough enough to sustain the book. There is a trying Mother in the background; there are un-acknowldged homo-erotic feelings for "Wing Commander", and the other RAF top brass who think Joan's fiance is doing a jolly good job in the Near East (including sitting heavily on the RAF mutinies that erupted post-1945).
And there is always good old England - lambs, primroses - and Joan, to sustain him, as he sits out another stinging sand-storm. But there is absolutely no insight into anything through-out the entire book.
In peacetime he and Joan loved England so much they eventually moved to France, the publisher's biographical note tells us. Presumably too many Johnny Foreigners had settled into post-war Britain. (Not sure what this makes the French...).
If I believed in the after-life I would have said that Peter Cook dictated this on high as a mickey-take. However, his brilliant 'After Myth of War' that he wrote for 'Beyond the Fringe' was far, far funnier and insightful.
The further we get away from the Second World War the more the unchallenged myths build up.
This really is first rate drivel. Save your money and buy a copy of 'Beyond The Fringe'.
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