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Love in the Blitz : the greatest lost love letters of the Second World War

By: Alexander, Eileen

000831120X / 9780008311209
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24 cm xx, 474 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white)
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'Her voice is absolutely, beguilingly conversational ...

Intelligent, allusive, iconoclastic, captivatingly intense ...

This is the news from the domestic frontline: personal, unique, unexpurgated, without propaganda, as it unfolded and was experienced ...

Splendid' William Boyd, Guardian 'Eileen is an ambitious, kind and achingly funny observer' The Times 'A unique insight into home-front life and romance' Mail on Sunday With the intimacy and wit of a Second World War Bridget Jones, Eileen Alexander offers a portal into life during the Blitz. Eileen Alexander fell in love amidst the falling of bombs, finding a quotation from poetry at every turn.

Graduating from Cambridge in 1939, she had just been injured in a car crash (the man she had a soft spot for was driving) and had firm ambitions of studying further, making herself useful and absolutely not getting married. Her letters offer a love story and a unique snapshot of the home front, as well as resurrecting the voice of a profoundly funny writer. 'I wonder what anyone would think if they suddenly came across my letters to you & started reading them in chronological order?' Eileen wrote in 1941. 'I think they'd say "This girl never lived till she loved" - and it would be true, darling.'


1DBKE England, 1DFG Germany, 2AB English, 3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), 3JJPG c 1945 to c 1960, BJ Diaries, letters & journals, HBWQ Second World War

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