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It also describes how she returned, disillusioned, to Somerville College after the war and completed her BA degree.

Vfra rated it really liked it Dec 06, The narrative begins with Vera’s plans to enter Somerville College, Oxford and her romance with Roland Leighton, a friend of her brother Edward.

In the foreword, Brittain describes how she originally intended to write of her experiences as a novel but was unable to achieve the necessary objective distance from her subject.

Chronicle of Youth

For the feature film, see Testament of Youth film. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Between these two books comes Testament of Friendship published inwhich is essentially a memoir of Brittain’s close colleague and friend Winifred Holtby.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Elizabeth rated it really liked it Mar 18, Therese rated it it was amazing Jul 13, I’m looking forward to reading the full text of the letters soon. Very moving account of Vera Brittain’s life during WW I, her hopes, her dreams, her love and tragic loss.


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In one of Leighton’s letters to Brittain, he compares members of the lower classes to plant life. A bit heavy going at times as it was written for herself rather than an audience but very interesting all the same.

Chronicle of Youth: The War Diary, by Vera Brittain

As for the writing itself, I appreciate her summaries very much. It looks at early versions of the book in the wake of the new film adaptation.

Inthe war letters which Brittain also drew on in her autobiography were published in an edition by Alan Bishop and Mark Bostridge. Brittain’s memoir continues with Testament of Experiencepublished inand encompassing the years — Preview — Chronicle of Youth by Vera Brittain.

Chronicle of Youth: The War Diary, 1913-1917

Quotes from Chronicle of Yout Jj rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Poor girl, the waiting and waiting and waiting to hear back from loved ones on the Front, with letters arriving days after being sent out, was clearly unbearably agonizing.

It covers the beginning of her career in journalism, writing for Time and Tide and lecturing for the League of Nations. Fantastic supplement to Brittain’s memoir.


The book was dramatised by Elaine Morgan as a five-part serial which was transmitted on BBC2 in Brittajn War Diary, by Vera Brittain. Together with Winifred Holtby she toured the defeated and occupied regions of Germany and Austria in This too proved unworkable.

Paperbackpages. It concludes with her meeting her husband George Catlin and their eventual marriage in Vera is a brilliant narrator, though you do realize early on that her brilliance must’ve been exhausting. Beginning with JanuaryVera’s life is quite golden. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Both were commissioned as officers early in World War I, and both were subsequently killed, as were several other members of their social circle.

This is it–the book I’d been searching for that would express World War I as it was felt by romantic young people meeting death on the verge of life.

Rebecca Leclair rated it it was amazing Dec 21,