My Dear Bessie

My Dear Bessie

A Love Story in Letters

Book - 2015
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'Utterly wonderful' NINA STIBBE, author of Love, Nina

Twenty hours have gone since I last wrote. I have been thinking of you. I shall think of you until I post this, and until you get it. Can you feel, as you read these words, that I am thinking of you now; aglow, alive, alert at the thought that you are in the same world, and by some strange chance loving me.


In September 1943, Chris Barker was serving as a signalman in North Africa when he decided to brighten the long days of war by writing to old friends. One of these was Bessie Moore, a former work colleague. The unexpected warmth of Bessie's reply changed their lives forever. Crossing continents and years, their funny, affectionate and intensely personal letters are a remarkable portrait of a love played out against the backdrop of the Second World War. Above all, their story is a stirring example of the power of letters to transform ordinary lives.

Publisher: Edinburgh :, Canongate,, 2015, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781782115670
Branch Call Number: 941. 084 BAR B
Characteristics: 371 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm

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