In September 1943, a twenty-nine-year-old postal clerk from North London named Chris Barker found a spare hour to write to a work colleague named Bessie Moore. His letter was innocent enough, but Bessie's response was unexpectedly enthusiastic. By their third exchange, it was clear to both of them they had ignited a passion that would not easily be extinguished. Within a few months, the couple had agreed to marry. But there were complications, such as not actually seeing each other. Barker was serving as a signalman in North Africa during the war, and their passionate romance through the mail would have to survive three years of unusual obstacles, including ruined cities, enemy capture, disdain from friends and the army censor. The couple exchanged more than 500 letters, and this book distils the most alluring, compelling and heartwarming. It's all here, as if in a movie: bombs, lust, comical misunderstandings and deep yearning - all wrapped up in the sort of deft and elegant language that the great poets would struggle to emulate. And above all it's a remarkable and unique example of the power of letters to transform ordinary lives.
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|Size: ||2.3 MB|
|Publisher: ||Canongate Books|
|Date published: || 2015|
|ISBN: ||9781782115687 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|