Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925

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Penguin, 1933 - Authors, English - 661 pages
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Brittain’s pacifist and feminist memoir of the First World War, in which she served as a nurse in London, Malta, and in France at the front, is a classic account of an entire generation marked by fatal idealism and changed by war.
 

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insight into a different time, moving and influential - Goodreads
Great, great memoir, but hard to read. - Goodreads
It's a love story, but also devastatingly sad about - Goodreads

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Incredible story of WWI eye witness, but also beautiful writing. A Life-changing book and one to educate us all on "the war to end all wars". A heartbreakingly beautiful story of life, love ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fenella Ford - Goodreads

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain I have had this book for years, and wanted to read it for much longer. I remember the TV series with Cheryl Campbell that came out when I was about twenty. At that ... Read full review

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Contents

FORWARD FROM NEWCASTLE
17
PROVINCIAL YOUNGLADYHOOD
50
OXFORD VERSUS WAR
94
LEARNING VERSUS LIFE
135
CAMBERWELL VERSUS DEATH
205
WHEN THE VISION DIES
239
TAWNY ISLAND
290
BETWEEN THE SANDHILLS AND THE SEA
362
THIS LONELIEST HOUR
427
SURVIVORS NOT WANTED
467
PIPING FOR PEACE
535
ANOTHER STRANGER
606
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Vera Brittain (1893-1970) served as a nurse in the British armed forces in World War I and afterward devoted herself to the causes of peace and feminism. She wrote twenty-nine books, of which Testament of Youth is the best-known.

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