Letters from a Lost Generation

Version: Unabridged
Author: Mark Bostridge , Alan Bishop
Narrator: Amanda Root
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Military, Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: October 2014
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 23 minutes
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A selection of the powerful and poignant wartime letters of Vera Brittain and her friends

If war spares me, wrote Vera Brittain to her brother, Edward, in 1916, it will be my one aim to immortalize in a book the story of us four. Seventeen years later, Vera was to achieve her aim with the acclaimed "Testament of Youth."

This series of letters was the inspiration behind "Testament." Written between Vera; her brother; her fiance, Roland Leighton; and their two best friends, Victor Richardson and Geoffrey Thurlow, they give a unique perspective on the most horrifying conflict the world has ever seen. They show the heartbreaking disillusionment of an idealistic public-school generation, raised on ideas of patriotism and duty, as the reality of war emerged. Yet they also give a fascinating insight into the era as a whole: their generation s literary tastes and the place of women in society.

Read by Amanda Root, Jonathan Firth, Rupert Graves, James Wallace, and Robert Portal, and first heard on BBC Radio 4, these deeply moving letters let us hear for ourselves the voices of Vera Brittain s lost generation."

Author Details

Author Details

Bostridge, Mark

Mark Bostridge's books include "Vera Brittain: A Life", shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Prize, the NCR Award for Non-Fiction and the Fawcett Prize, the bestselling "Letters from a Lost Generation, Florence Nightingale". "The Woman and Her Legend, " awarded the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, and "The Fateful Year. England 1914".