Friday 29 May 2020

Review - Love In The Blitz by Eileen Alexander

Love in the Blitz by Eileen Alexander
Publisher: Williams Collins
Release date: 30 April 2020
Back cover blurb: When the papers say that people in London are behaving normally, they’re telling the truth. Everyone is pretending as hard as possible that nothing is happening … I don’t think Hitler will destroy London, because London, if its legs are blown away, is prepared to hobble on crutches. In summer 1939, war was brewing. Eileen Alexander was a bright young graduate just leaving Cambridge and newly smitten with Gershon Ellenbogen, a fellow student who had inadvertently involved her in a car crash. Her first letter to him, written from hospital, sparked a correspondence that would last the length of the war and define the love of their lifetimes. Love in the Blitz is a remarkable portrait of one woman’s coming-of-age. Her previously undiscovered letters are vivid, intimate, and crackling with intelligence. She is frank about sex and her ambitions, hilariously caustic about colleagues, rationing rules and life on the homefront, and painfully honest about loving a man away at war. The discovery of these magical letters must count as the greatest literary find of the 21st century.

Just one letter from bright young graduate Eileen Alexander to Gershon Ellenbogen a fellow student who had inadvertently involved her in a car crash is enough to spark a correspondence that will last the length of the Second World War.

Those expecting a fictional tale here will be disappointed, Love In The Blitz is a collection of Eileen's letters to Gershon, and are very real in their content.

This collection, I suspect will not be to everyone's taste, some of the letters are very long and therefore difficult to read, and some is very gossipy and frivolous which I suppose is a good insight into how people's emotions would have been challenging and changing during this time.

Love In The Blitz is a unique insight to life in London during the Blitz and a great read during our  own troubled times and period of lockdown.

Love In The Blitz is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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