Love in the Blitz: The Greatest Lost Love Letters of the Second World War

Author:   Eileen Alexander
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers
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9780008311216


Pages:   496
Publication Date:   30 April 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Love in the Blitz: The Greatest Lost Love Letters of the Second World War


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Author:   Eileen Alexander
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint:   William Collins
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 3.80cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.640kg
ISBN:  

9780008311216


ISBN 10:   0008311218
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   30 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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'If you want to discover how to stay close when you're frightened and cut off from a loved one, Eileen Alexander's passionate, gossipy, vivacious outpourings show the way. Her letters tell a story of survival itself - and give voice to the urgency to connect in love in spite of every obstacle.' Marina Warner 'Love in the Blitz provides an enchanting insight into a young woman's life in wartime Britain via letters sent by the 'blue-stocking' Eileen Alexander to friends, family, and most importantly, the love of her life.' Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series 'A remarkable aggregate of public and personal history. It begins with, per editor Crane, a remarkably forgiving letter from Alexander to Ellenbogen after she is badly injured in a car crash while he, a friend and fellow Cambridge student, is driving. The ensuing correspondence (of which his half is lost) traces their deepening bond, as he serves in the RAF and she in the Army bureaucracy, and shares details of ordinary British life during WWII, perhaps most dramatically of blitz-era London. I've been nervous in Air-Raids before, but last night I was Terrified, Alexander writes, noting elsewhere, gas-mask practice is at 10 and I've left my mask at home again. She also shares libelous gossip about her friends ( Darling Jean Swills Pink Gin with Terrific Swagger-It's my private opinion that she's a bit of a Wild Oat ) and describes familial roadblocks to their relationship, as when her parents are scandalized by her plans to stay with Ellenbogen near his training camp. Any reader with an interest in cultural history or a love of romance will find this a book to savour' Publishers Weekly, starred review


'Love in the Blitz provides an enchanting insight into a young woman's life in wartime Britain via letters sent by the 'blue-stocking' Eileen Alexander to friends, family, and most importantly, the love of her life.' Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series 'A remarkable aggregate of public and personal history. It begins with, per editor Crane, a remarkably forgiving letter from Alexander to Ellenbogen after she is badly injured in a car crash while he, a friend and fellow Cambridge student, is driving. The ensuing correspondence (of which his half is lost) traces their deepening bond, as he serves in the RAF and she in the Army bureaucracy, and shares details of ordinary British life during WWII, perhaps most dramatically of blitz-era London. I've been nervous in Air-Raids before, but last night I was Terrified, Alexander writes, noting elsewhere, gas-mask practice is at 10 and I've left my mask at home again. She also shares libelous gossip about her friends ( Darling Jean Swills Pink Gin with Terrific Swagger-It's my private opinion that she's a bit of a Wild Oat ) and describes familial roadblocks to their relationship, as when her parents are scandalized by her plans to stay with Ellenbogen near his training camp. Any reader with an interest in cultural history or a love of romance will find this a book to savour' Publishers Weekly, starred review


'Eileen emerges as a force of nature, and her voice is one of the real joys in these remarkable letters. She was clever and caustic, without being cruel; intellectually brilliant and revelling in that fact... a memoir of hope and resilience, as much as of love.' THE TIMES 'Eileen is an ambitious, kind and achingly funny observer. She peppers her correspondence with notes about daily life in a London under siege. She emerges from these letters as a force of nature, and her voice is one of the real joys in these remarkable letters.' The Times 'This remarkable treasure trove of letters gives a unique insight into home-front life and romance' Mail on Sunday 'If you want to discover how to stay close when you're frightened and cut off from a loved one, Eileen Alexander's passionate, gossipy, vivacious outpourings show the way. Her letters tell a story of survival itself - and give voice to the urgency to connect in love in spite of every obstacle.' Marina Warner 'Love in the Blitz provides an enchanting insight into a young woman's life in wartime Britain via letters sent by Eileen Alexander to friends, family, and most importantly, the love of her life.' Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series 'Remarkable ... Any reader with an interest in cultural history or a love of romance will find this a book to savour' Publishers Weekly, starred review 'A treasure trove of love letters, cultural history, and memoir ... Alexander's adoration for Gershon shines through in every letter, and so do her observations on the opinions and foibles of the people around her. You'll laugh out loud at unbuttoned descriptions of friends, family, and coworkers while learning more than you'd expect about life in London leading up and during to World War II' Library Journal


'Eileen emerges as a force of nature, and her voice is one of the real joys in these remarkable letters. She was clever and caustic, without being cruel; intellectually brilliant and revelling in that fact... a memoir of hope and resilience, as much as of love' The Times 'A trove of dazzlingly literary love letters. These are as [Oswyn] Murray rightly concludes, 'some of the most beautiful and vivid' love letters of the Second World War' Daily Telegraph 'The great value of Eileen's book is that it takes you out of our present troubles into a world even more dangerous and destructive, which people nevertheless survived' Sunday Times 'This remarkable treasure trove of letters gives a unique insight into home-front life and romance' Mail on Sunday 'A lovely book that's best read slowly to savour the gradual unfurling of a great love in a distressing, destructive time.' S magazine, Sunday Express 'Superbly entertaining ... on almost every page there is a gleaming little starburst of life... the letters trace the years of the war from a woman's perspective, a woman of high intelligence and self-possession withal, who never doubts for one moment that her fiance is after an equal intellectual partner. She is immensely clever and her literary judgements are delicious. Her writing is a diary-like outpouring, a stream of consciousness in which she relives her days in the glorifying imagined gaze of her recipient; it is a mass of apercus, jokes, observations and confessions.' TLS 'If you want to discover how to stay close when you're frightened and cut off from a loved one, Eileen Alexander's passionate, gossipy, vivacious outpourings show the way. Her letters tell a story of survival itself - and give voice to the urgency to connect in love in spite of every obstacle.' Marina Warner


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Eileen Alexander was born in Cairo and grew up in a cosmopolitan Jewish family before moving to Cambridge as a student. She graduated from Girton College with a first-class degree in English in 1939, and worked during the Second World War for the civil service in the Air Ministry. Eileen went on to be a teacher, writer and translator, including translating some of Georges Simenon's works.

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