A powerful collection of love letters shared between soldiers and their sweethearts during World War I.
Mandy Kirkby is an editor and author of The Language of Flowers: a Miscellany.
[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 *