Love Letters of the Great War Hardcover – 16 Jan 2014
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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)
A powerful collection of love letters shared between soldiers and their sweethearts during World War I, edited and introduced by Mandy Kirkby, with a Foreword from Orange Prize-winner Helen Dunmore.See all Product description
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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...
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.
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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