'Nothing in the papers, not the most vivid & heart-rending descriptions, have made me realise war like your letters' Vera Brittain to Roland Leighton, 17 April 1915.
This selection of letters, written between 1913 & 1918, between Vera Brittain and 4 young men - her fiance Roland Leighton, her younger brother Edward and their close friends Victor Richardson and Geoffrey Thurlow present a remarkable and profoundly moving portrait of 5 young people caught up in the cataclysm of total war. Roland, 'Monseigneur', is the 'leader' and his letters most clearly trace the path leading from idealism to disillusionment. Edward, ' Immaculate of the Trenches', was orderly and controlled, down even to his attire. Geoffrey, the 'non-militarist at heart' had not rushed to enlist but put aside his objections to the war for patriotism's sake and volunteered. Victor on the other hand tried to convince himself that he could take on the mantle of the warrior and become a military hero. Possessed of a very sweet character he was known as 'Father Confessor'. The letters of this generation offer an important historical testimony while telling a powerful story of idealism, disillusionment and personal tragedy.
There is slight shelf wear to the top of the dust jacket otherwise the book is in excellent condition throughout.