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Posted in Wartime (ePub)

Letters Home from Abroad

Military > Memoirs WWII

By Richard Knott
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 26.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 254
Illustrations: 35
ISBN: 9781473884410
Published: 2nd March 2017


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The Second World War saw many people consigned to long periods of exile, far from home. How did the exiled keep in touch with home? Why were some exiles silent when others wrote frequently and at length? Posted in Wartime explores the nature of such exile and considers what could be written in diaries and letters, given that letters were censored and diaries were, at best, frowned upon. At the book's heart are the stories of three very different exiles: a Liberty Ship captain; a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps; and an airman in Iraq and Palestine. Set alongside those are the experiences of a number of celebrated wartime exiles whose diaries and letters are both extensive and detailed, and whose stories loosely connect with the journeys of the three main protagonists; they include the travel writer Freya Stark, the photographer Cecil Beaton, and the playwright Noël Coward.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An achingly poignant account of life for the troops in wartime.

In turns the letters were warm, sad, witty etc, there must have been times when times of boredom brought melancholy thoughts of family and home and this book sets out to highlight the situation perfectly.


NetGalley, reviewed by Eileen Hall

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The thing I appreciated the most about this book is the strong idea of keeping up alive correspondence in a crucial moment for the world, with passion and devotion.

NetGalley, reviewed by Anna Maria Polidori

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Your Family History magazine, May 2017

Achingly beautiful, worth savouring over time. I really enjoyed the photos and letters from time passed.

NetGalley, reviewed by Kirsten McEvoy
 Richard Knott

About Richard Knott

Richard Knott has a degree in History from the University of London. He has worked as an actor (with the Royal Shakespeare Company), teacher and management consultant. His previous books include: Black Night for Bomber Command (Pen & Sword, 2007 and 2014); Flying Boats of the Empire (Robert Hale, 2011); The Sketchbook War (The History Press, 2013 and 2014); and The Trio (The History Press, 2015). Previously he has written two books on the teaching of English, a poetry anthology (Wordlife, Nelson, 1988), and a book of cricket quotations (Cricket: Wit, Wickets and Wisdom, Running Press, 1996).

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