From Newbury with Love

From Newbury with Love : Letters of Friendship Across the Iron Curtain

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Harold Edwards first wrote to Marina Aidova in 1971 in response to an Amnesty International letter-writing campaign. Marina's father Slava had been imprisoned for 'crimes against the state', and the family needed support. The 70-year-old bookseller was passionate about Russian literature and culture. And 7-year-old Marina's birthday was the day before his own. The two families corresponded until Harold's death in 1986. Written with immense humanity, understanding and affection, their letters covered subjects ranging from books to Buddhism. They certainly helped save Slava's family from utter despair. This is a book about a rare kind of friendship and a reminder that small good deeds really can make all the more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 27.9mm | 476.28g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 186197860X
  • 9781861978608
  • 1,897,165

About Anna Horsbrugh-Porter

Anna Horsbrugh-Porter is a radio producer who has worked for the BBC World Service, BBC Radio Four and independent production companies for nearly twenty years. Marina Aidova works as an English translator for international organisations including the IMF and the World more

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Time Out - 'One of the most moving books you'll ever read' Sunday Express - 'A reminder of a time that was both more sinister and more innocent...incredibly touching' BBC News Magazine online - 'It was extraordinary to have such contacts between families from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain'show more

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