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Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front

Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front

by Eileen Alexander
Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front

Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front

by Eileen Alexander

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Overview

On July 17th 1939, Eileen Alexander, a bright young woman recently graduated from Girton College, Cambridge, begins a brilliant correspondence with fellow Cambridge student Gershon Ellenbogen that lasts five years and spans many hundreds of letters.

But as Eileen and Gershon’s relationship flourishes from friendship and admiration into passion and love, the tensions between Germany, Russia, and the rest of Europe reach a crescendo. When war is declared, Gershon heads for Cairo and Eileen forgoes her studies to work in the Air Ministry.

As cinematic as Atonement, written with the intimacy of the Neapolitan quartet, Love in the Blitz is an extraordinary glimpse of life in London during World War II and an illuminating portrait of an ordinary young woman trying to carve a place for herself in a time of uncertainty. As the Luftwaffe begins its bombardment of England, Eileen, like her fellow Britons, carries on while her loved ones are called up to fight, some never to return home.

Written over the course of the conflict, Eileen’s letters provide a vivid and personal glimpse of this historic era. Yet throughout the turmoil and bloodshed, one thing remains constant: her beloved Gershon, who remains a source of strength and support, even after he, too, joins the fighting. Though his letters have been lost to time, the bolstering force of his love for Eileen is illuminated in her responses to him.

Equal parts heartrending and heartwarming, Love in the Blitz is a timeless romance and a deeply personal story of life and resilience amid the violence and terror of war.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062888815
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/25/2021
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 515,019
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Eileen Alexander was born in Cairo and grew up in a cosmopolitan Jewish family before moving to Cambridge as a student. She graduated from Girton College, Cambridge, with a first-class degree in English in 1939 and worked during World War II for the civil service in the Air Ministry. Eileen went on to be a teacher, writer, and translator,  including translating some of Georges Simenon’s works.

Table of Contents

Foreword Oswyn Murray 1

Historical Introduction David Crane 9

1 Drumnadrochit, summer 1939 15

September 1939-April 1940 29

2 No time to sit on brood 31

May-September 1940 65

3 My Young Fellow 69

September-December 1940 105

4 Blitz 109

January-March 1941 149

5 Intentions 151

March-September 1941 171

6 A Rill Civil Servant 173

September-December 1941 203

7 Your Intended 205

January-May 1942 231

8 Separation 233

May-December 1942 245

9 Limbo 247

January 1943-March 1944 315

10 The Long Wait 317

April 1944-March 1946 443

11 Twin Compasses 445

Postscript 461

Dramatis Personae 463

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