Summary

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class, and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight.
While Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke fight for their country, their survival and their sanity in the trenches of Flanders, Nadine Waveney, Julia Locke, and Rose Locke do what they can at home. Beautiful, obsessive Julia and gentle, eccentric Peter are married: each day Julia goes through rituals to prepare for her beloved husband’s return. Nadine and Riley, only 18 when the war starts, and with problems of their own already, want above all to make promises - but how can they when the future is not in their hands? And Rose? Well, what did happen to the traditionally brought-up women who lost all hope of marriage, because all the young men were dead?
©2011 Louisa Young (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"Birdsong for the new millennium." ( Tatler)
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5 out of 5 stars
By helen on 20-06-11

Powerful,moving and engrossing

I read the blurb and thought it sounded interesting. What an understatement, thsi is one of the most thought provoking, enthralling and totally moving books I have listened to. It is similar to Birdsong (as critics have compared it to) in terms of context and also power over the reader. The characters are well developed and believable. What struck me the most was the incredible amount of research the author must have undertaken to produce this book and portray the horror of war and its aftermath. I encourage you to read/listen to it.

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38 of 38 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By fiona on 14-08-11

a must

Brilliantly written. What wonderfully developed and soon loved characters in a compelling plot. The reading is superb, so much more than narration, really acting the story bringing so much more to both plot and characters. I have listened to this story multiple times already and it is a firm favorite. I just want more by this author and this narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 26-03-14

special praise for the narrator

There is nothing I can usefully add to the many positive comments about the book itself, but Dan Stevens deserves special mention for his outstanding narration. First, he simply has a wonderful voice which is a pleasure to listen to. But, in addition, he is so good with different voices and accents for the various characters, his talent is quite astonishing - it's a bit like listening to a radio play with different actors for the different parts. And, a real bonus (at least for me), is that he correctly pronounces all of the foreign words and names. There are quite a few narrators I have really admired, but Dan Stevens takes first prize for me. I look forward to listening to more of his work.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paola on 27-08-12

entertaining, emotional,seemed based in real facts

A great story and good narrative. Very catchy. Interesting also from a historical point of view.




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