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Full of hope and fear : the Great War letters of an Oxford family

Author: Margaret Bonfiglioli; James Munson
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A collection of private family letters from the First World War that lay forgotten for almost ninety years; affords a unique, first-hand glimpse into the unfolding experience of the war in the life of one family and their friends- on the Home Front, on the Western Front, and in British India; transports us back to a time that is slipping tantalizingly out of living memory; brings us as near as we can ever be to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Military history
Records and correspondence
Sources
Correspondence
Named Person: Slater family; Slater family.; Gilbert Slater; Slater (Family)
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Bonfiglioli; James Munson
ISBN: 9780198707172 0198707177
OCLC Number: 868825249
Description: xlix, 392 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Notes on the text and on currency --
Correspondents and people frequently mentioned in the letters --
The letters (31 December 1915-22 October [1919]).
Responsibility: edited by Margaret Bonfiglioli and James Munson.

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A collection of First World War letters that lay forgotten for almost ninety years, allowing a unique glimpse into how the war was experienced at the time - and transporting us back to an era now  Read more...

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The value lies in the unmediated directness. * Richard Lofthouse, Oxford Today * This is an evocative and moving account of a family living through extraordinary times. * Martin Wellings, Methodist Read more...

 
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