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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 dreamsFrom 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....

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ISBN : 20564827
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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  • Rikke
    2019-05-25 09:35


  • Amena
    2019-06-08 03:23

    This book though. Heart has officially melted. Of course people years ago knew what love was, but to see it expressed in this way, in black and white, there is something very heart warming about that. I adore these letters and think i will revist them at least once a year.

  • Malvika
    2019-06-17 08:45

    I love letters, especially love letters. Thanks to this collection, I started researching about gay romance during the world wars, and now I have an entirely new collection to explore.

  • Carolyn Mck
    2019-06-09 05:44

    There are many books being published about World War One in this centenary year. This collection is well chosen, with a thoughtful thematic grouping, and letters that are representative of different classes, ages and educational background. While most are from Britain, there is a smattering of letters from other countries involved in both sides of the war. I would have liked more letters from women but understand that these were often lost or left behind by the soldiers on the front. Despite the censors, these letters convey the hardships of prolonged trench warfare and the heartfelt longing for home and intimacy. I have my own father's letters to my mother from the Great War, including the one where he proposed to her. Because he wasn't good at expressing emotion, the letters are rather wooden but are a touching reminder of his devotion from the hell-holes of the Somme. The letters in Kirkby's collection are full of both darkness and hope, bringing to life many people whose lives and loves were cut short by the conflict.

  • Richard
    2019-06-20 08:22

    Picked this up on my latest UK trip. A really moving and fascinating read. A nicely curated collection of letters between soldiers fighting it on all sides and their wives, lovers, family during the First World War. Some funny, some heart-breaking and all fascinating. Well worth your time.

  • Cristina Botef
    2019-06-06 07:43

    Beautiful collection of letters. Intimate, sad, funny - a roller coaster of emotions between book covers.

  • Asma Khoory
    2019-05-26 09:33

    3.7 Heartbreaking

  • Matt
    2019-06-10 07:30

    A short, but emotionally demanding read. Some of these letters are absolutely heartbreaking. There is a nice selection both from soldiers and from their sweethearts at home, from many nations that fought in the war (including Germany).

  • Debpriya
    2019-05-27 06:48

    I love reading letters and this book especially makes you realise how fragile things are with the whole war and everything yet how the definition of love has changed throughout the years.

  • Loretta
    2019-05-29 09:20

    Beautiful and haunting collection of letters.

  • Colleen Fauchelle
    2019-05-26 10:35

    This morning we got up at 4.30 so we could go to the dawn parade held in Wellington and all-round the country to remember those great men and woman who fight for our freedom. How forever grateful we should be for the price they paid. They were and are so brave to go off to war not knowing if they would make it out alive.Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for another. Thank you Dear men for your courage in the face of such destruction. That you would go bravely forward in war for the love of your country and fellow man. Your sacrifice is never forgotten.I love letters, I love writing them so I can send encouragement and news. I love that the person receiving the note is getting a letter and not a bill. This book is full of letters some funny, some loving and some sad that men had written to their loved one's while they fought on the front lines. They talk of war and missing their loved ones, of their faith or lack of and they talk of the weather. Beautiful, heart breaking and amazing.I couldn't give this book less than five stars because they were letters from men who wanted to stay in touch with the love of their lives.

  • Rosheen
    2019-06-17 07:29

    Reading this book makes me wish for a time where such letters were still written. Confessions of love scribbled out in only a few lines and sent across the seas. Why is love not so easily given these days?! Naturally, there are very sad elements to this book as well. The era in which these letters were written, was not a happy one. Descriptions of the horrors endured are almost unimaginable. A lovely read, giving good insight into the struggles of loved ones during War.

  • MCBod
    2019-06-20 04:40

    A moving sharing of lovers communications. The most powerful of all was message from the woman to her POW husband telling him how she couldn't take any more after 3 years working, to support the family herself she was going to put the kids in an orphanage and remarry so she didn't have to work anymore!

  • Fatmah
    2019-06-08 10:27

    I loved this book from page 1 till the end of its pages! It's truly amazing how even the tough times ( war ) people actually stick together back at those times, they truly knew what real love was all about, I laughed, I cried, and I Simply fell in love. I highly recommend this book, you'll absolutely love it so dearly. I'm sure I'll read it again sometime, it's a must.

  • Diego
    2019-06-13 06:40

    "It isn't foolish at all to be affected by long-past tragedies; we are human and, specially where love is concerned, we can't help but feel an emotional link going right back through the years."Heartbreaking.

  • Jazmin Heaven
    2019-06-24 03:26

    A beautiful collection of intimate letters that really give an insight into life during the war.

  • Jocelyn Yap
    2019-06-08 07:32

    Made me cry a couple of times ❤️

  • Mars
    2019-06-19 06:19


  • Susanna
    2019-06-03 07:26

    What a lovely collection of letters. Pity the women's letters were (I'm guessing) more likely to be lost. It was nice to see some from other nationalities included in the collection.

  • Diana
    2019-05-29 03:44

    Probably the most beautiful letters I have ever read. Review to come.

  • Fabian
    2019-06-14 06:43

    Heart wrenching, laughing out loud, makes you heart beat faster and ache with this wonderfully heartfelt letters of World War I.

  • Emma Dargue
    2019-06-20 06:26

    amazing book so moving and poignant.