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Testament of Friendship: The Story of Winifred Holtby

Vera Brittain

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Virago Modern Classics, Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The wonderful biography of Winifred Holtby and her friendship with Vera Brittain, now reissued as a Virago Modern Classic.

In her bestselling first volume of autobiography, TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, Vera Brittain passionately recorded the agonising years of the First World War, lamenting the destruction of a generation which for her included those she most dearly loved - her lover, her brother, her closest friends.

In TESTAMENT OF FRIENDS, Brittain tells the story of the woman who helped her survive those tragic years - the writer Winifred Holtby. They met at Somerville College, Oxford, immediately after the war and their friendship continued through Vera's marriage and their separate but parallel writing careers until Winifred's untimely death at the age of thirty-seven. When she died her fame as a writer was about to reach its peak with the publication of her greatest novel, South Riding.

A moving record of a friendship between two women of courage, determination and intelligence and a wonderful portrait of a lifelong love, TESTAMENT OF FRIENDSHIP now takes its rightful place as a Virago Modern Classic, with a new introduction by Mark Bostridge.

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Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain (1893-1970) grew up in the north of England. At the end of the war she moved to Oxford where she met Winifred Holtby, author of SOUTH RIDING.

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