After a happy but sheltered provincial childhood in England, Vera Brittain first fought the early-twentieth-century's confining expectations for women by studying literature at Oxford. After just one year, World War I interrupted her studies, and the idealistic young woman proudly joined her country's war efforts as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse. Testament of Youth offers a very personal (and deeply moving) account of "the Great War" from the unique perspective of one extraordinarily sensitive, resilient, and intelligent woman. She experienced profound suffering and loss firsthand, but persevered and gave voice to the despair as well as the hopes of her generation. Her classic memoir of the war and its devastating effects was an instant bestseller upon its original publication in 1933 and has remained in print ever since. Read it and find out why! (CH)
This title is part of our 2017 Life Stories Book a Month package.