Testament of Friendship: The Story of Winifred Holtby

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Little, Brown Book Group, Mar 22, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages

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 Friendship 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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User Review  - jigarpatel - LibraryThing

Testament of Friendship, nominally a sequel to Brittain's rightly acclaimed memoir Testament of Youth, is a biography of Brittain's closest friend. I was motivated to read it by the moving Youth ... Read full review

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User Review  - LizzieD - LibraryThing

Testament of Friendship is a work of love, Vera Brittain's witness to the life of Winifred Holtby, the most important person in her life. The two met at Oxford after each had served her time in WWI ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Vera Brittain (1893-1970) went up to Oxford but in 1914 left to enlist as a VAD nurse. After the war she returned to Oxford and met Winifred Holtby. She was a tireless supporter of pacifism and feminism, a prolific speaker, lecturer, journalist and writer. She wrote twenty-nine books.