By Eileen Alexander
With the intimacy and wit of a Second World War Bridget Jones, Eileen Alexander offers a portal into life during the Blitz. Eileen Alexander fell in love amidst the falling of bombs, finding a quotation from poetry at every turn.
Graduating from Cambridge in 1939, she had just been injured in a car crash (the man she had a soft spot for was driving) and had firm ambitions of studying further, making herself useful and absolutely not getting married.
Her letters offer a love story and a unique snapshot of the home front, as well as resurrecting the voice of a profoundly funny writer.'I wonder what anyone would think if they suddenly came across my letters to you & started reading them in chronological order?' Eileen wrote in 1941. 'I think they'd say "This girl never lived till she loved" - and it would be true, darling.'
"It's very good," she says. I believe her, because from time to time she reads out excerpts to me, particularly the amusing bits. She only does that when she's really enjoying a book. I wish now that I had made a bet with someone that I could find a birthday present for my wife on the Tank Museum website that she would love. Next year, I'll get her a Tiger t-shirt. It can't go wrong.