by Vera Brittain, edited and introduced by Mark Bostridge - £8.99 Virago Press Ltd (2010)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781844084142 | ISBN 10: 1844084140
Perhaps some day the sun will shine again,
And I shall see that still the skies are blue,
And feel once more I do not live in vain,
Although bereft of You...
So wrote twenty-two-year-old Vera Brittain, mouring the loss of her fiance Roland Leighton on the Western Front in 1915.
This collection of Vera Brittain's poetry and prose, some of it never before published, commemorates the men she loved - fiance, brother and two close friends - who served and died in the First World War. It draws on her experiences as a VAD nurse in London, Malta and France, and illustrates her growing conviction of the wickedness of all war.
Containing many extraordinary photographs from Brittain's own albums, and edited with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge, Because You Died is an elegy to the men who lost their lives in a bloody conflict, and a volume of remembrance to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the Armistice.
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