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My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

by Louisa Young

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

My Dear I Wanted to Tell You Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2011.

While Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke fight for their country, their survival and their sanity in the trenches of Flanders, Nadine Waveney, Julia Locke and Rose Locke do what they can at home. Beautiful, obsessive Julia and gentle, eccentric Peter are married: each day Julia goes through rituals to prepare for her beloved husband's return. Nadine and Riley, only eighteen when the war starts, and with problems of their own already, want above all to make promises - but how can they when the future is not in their hands? And Rose? Well, what did happen to the traditionally brought-up women who lost all hope of marriage, because all the young men were dead?

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My Dear I Wanted to Tell You Press Reviews

'Birdsong for the new millennium'
Tatler

'Weaving heartbreakingly painful irony, heroic sacrifice, human weakness, vanity, tragedy and the purest of loves, you'll be left sobbing and grasping onto any hope that all is not lost amid the poppies, the guns and the hospital beds'
Easy Living

'A memorable and unusual novel which explores new ground in the literature of the Great War'
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'This novel is a triumph'
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ISBN: 9780007361441
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007361434
Publication date: 17/03/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780007429196
Publication date: 17/03/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: CD-Audio

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007361434
Publication date: 17th March 2011
Author: Louisa Young
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Louisa Young

Louisa Young was born in London. She was for many years a freelance journalist, working mostly for the motorcycle press, for Marie Claire and for the Guardian. She has travelled widely and published ten books. She lives in London and Italy with her daughter. She is the adult half of Zizou Corder, authors of the best-selling Lionboy trilogy, which is published in 36 languages.

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