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My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young
  

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Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2011.

Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2011.

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, MY DEAR I WANTED TO TELL YOU is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight.

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My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young

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?

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'
Linda Grant

'This novel is a triumph'
Elizabeth Jane Howard

About the Author

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 and the composer Robert Lockhart. 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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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Louisa Young

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www.louisayoung.demon.co.uk

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Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780007361434

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