My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

  • by Louisa Young
  • Narrated by Dan Stevens
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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?

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What the Critics Say

"Birdsong for the new millennium." (Tatler)

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Customer Reviews

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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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- helen

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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- fiona

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-03-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited