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    DescriptionA letter, two lovers, a terrible lie. In war, truth is only the first casualty. 'Inspires the kind of devotion among its readers not seen since David Nicholls' One Day' The Times 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? Moving between Ypres, London and Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a deeply affecting, moving and brilliant novel of love and war, and how they affect those left behind as well as those who fight.


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    Title
    My Dear I Wanted to Tell You
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Louisa Young
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 281 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007361441
    ISBN 10: 0007361440
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC23: 823.92
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    Harper
    Publication date
    05 January 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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. She is the adult half of Zizou Corder, authors of the best-selling Lionboy trilogy, which is published in 36 languages.
    Review quote
    'Every once in a while comes a novel that generates its own success, simply by being loved.' The Times 'Birdsong for the new millennium' Tatler 'Powerful, sometimes shocking, boldly conceived, it fixes on war's lingering trauma to show how people adapt - or not - and is irradiated by anger and pity' The Sunday Times '[A] tender, elegiac novel. Others have been here before, of course, from Sebastian Faulks to Pat Barker, but Young belongs in their company' Mail on Sunday 'Unmissable ... in crisp poignant prose Young explores what war really means in terms of mental anguish, while cleverly commenting on class and sex' Marie Claire '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 'Young has a historian's eye for the private details of war, and a warmth to her prose that makes her small cast emotionally engaging ... Through Riley, however, the novel achieves an appeal to compassion and courage that deserves to reach a wide audience ... Hindsight tells us peace will not be final, but Young conveys, beautifully, the universal wish that it might be' Independent 'Beautifully realised' Daily Express 'Masterfully conveyed' Woman & Home 'Full of drama, betrayal and addictive real-life detail' Red 'This is a moving and powerful novel, one you're not likely to forget' Choice 'A book that should be read by everyone' New Books