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Love Letters of the Great War by Mandy Kirkby

Love Letters of the Great War

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A collection of letters from combatants on both sides of the conflict, many of the letters appearing in print for the first time. Each letter is introduced with a short piece about the writer and the recipient and they reflect the longing and the misery of the men away from home and the heartbreak and worry of those left behind. The letters range across society from Churchill to the lowest Tommy, all containing the same powerful message of love and affection.

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Love Letters of the Great War by Mandy Kirkby

From the private papers of Winston Churchill to the tender notes of an unknown Tommy in the trenches, Love Letters of the Great War brings together some of the most romantic correspondence ever written. Some of the letters collected here are eloquent declarations of love and longing; others contain wrenching accounts of fear, jealousy and betrayal; many share sweet dreams of home. But in all the correspondence -- whether from British, American, French, German, Russian, Australian and Canadian troops in the height of battle, or from the heartbroken wives and sweethearts left behind -- there lies a truly human portrait of love and war. Each of the letters, many of which have never before been published, is introduced by a brief piece about the characters, some of whom were parted for ever by the tragedy of war; others reunited. A century on from the start of the First World War, these letters offer an intimate glimpse into the hearts of men and women separated by conflict, and show how love can transcend even the bleakest and most devastating of realities.


'[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

About the Author

Mandy Kirkby is an editor and author of The Language of Flowers: a Miscellany. She lives in Cambridge, England.

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Publication date

16th January 2014


Mandy Kirkby

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Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan


240 pages


Biography / Autobiography
World War One Literature
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Diaries, letters & journals
Autobiography: historical, political & military
First World War
European history



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