Echoes from a War

Letters Edited By Graham Watson
Book Guild Ltd.
June 2003
ISBN: 1-85776-766-7
228 Pages, Illustrated, 5 1/2" x 8 3/4"
$37.50 Hardcover


This book is a collection of letters sent by a remarkable brother and sister. Graham Watson and his older sister Diana coped with wartime separation by exchanging more than two hundred letters full of news, thoughtful rumination, humor and affection. With Diana in London and Graham on the move with the Army, letters were the only means of communication, and were longed for and cherished with an enthusiasm it is now almost impossible to truly comprehend. Graham and Diana numbered their letters, so that they would know if any failed to arrive, and amazingly the correspondence survived intact. For over fifty years the letters were packed away in a drawer, until Graham decided to retrieve them and edit them for this volume. They paint a vivid and touching picture of life in Britain and in the army during the Second World War. Diana often rivals Joyce Grenfell in her sharp wit and keen eye for an eccentricity, and Graham debunks many of the myths of army life in his literate and thoughtful responses. This book will delight social historians as much as anyone with memories of a time that was genuinely unique.

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