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My Dear I Wanted to Tell You


 On Sale: 20/05/2011
 Formats:     Trade paperback | E-Book
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From the day in 1907 that eleven-year-old Riley Purefoy meets Nadine Waveney, he takes in the difference between their two families -- his, working class; hers, posh and artistic -- and vows to make himself worthy of the lovely Nadine’s affections.

Nadine’s mother has other ideas for her daughter. Though she tolerates Riley as a young boy, nearly a decade later she attempts to stop the budding romance between the two teenagers. Angry and humiliated, Riley enlists at the nearest recruiting station, and reports for training the very next day.

While Riley and his commanding officer, Peter Locke, fight for their country and their survival in the trenches of Flanders, their loved ones await their return. Peter’s wife, Julia, undertakes a daily ritual to prepare for her beloved husband’s homecoming. Peter’s cousin Rose, with all hope of marriage marching off to war, becomes a nurse at the nearby Queen’s Hospital.

Nadine and Riley’s bond is tested by a terrible injury, and even more so by the ambitious yet imperfect rehabilitation that follows.

Moving between Ypres, London and Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a stunning First World War epic of love, war and sacrifice.


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Critical Praise for My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

"A memorable and unusual novel which explores new ground in the literature of the Great War."
- Linda Grant, author of The Clothes on Their Backs and When I Lived in Modern Times

ISBN: 9781554688180; ISBN10: 1554688183; Imprint: HarperCollins ; On Sale: 20/05/2011; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: 6 x 9; Pages: 336; $22.99; Ages: 1 and Up; BISAC1:FIC019000

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