Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

About the book

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, is Brittain’s account of how she survived the period; how she lost the man she loved; how she nursed the wounded and how she emerged into an altered world. A passionate record of a lost generation, it made Vera Brittain one of the best-loved writers of her time.

Reviewed by Museum book group:

A most interesting book, it covers many aspects of life from 1914 to 1933 in a young woman’s life. It covers love, loss and grief. A sheltered young woman working as a VAD in London, France and Malta. The struggle of women to gain further education and recognition. Post war England and getting established in a career. An early look at working for the United Nations. Being brave enough to love again.

Star rating: ****

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5 thoughts on “Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain”

  1. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading group:
    The centre section deals with Vera’s work as a VAD. There are not many first-hand accounts of women working so close to the action in the 1st World War. It is worth reading for that alone.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading group:
    The centre section deals with Vera’s work as a VAD. There are not many first-hand accounts of women working so close to the action in the 1st World War. It is worth reading for that alone.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Enjoying Books Reading Group:
    An exceptionally detailed insight into the tragedies of the First World War written by an amazing lady – a story of lost love – terrible conditions whilst nursing and life afterwards. Lost half a star for being just a bit too long and detailed.
    Star rating: **+

  4. Review by Enjoying Books Reading Group:
    An exceptionally detailed insight into the tragedies of the First World War written by an amazing lady – a story of lost love – terrible conditions whilst nursing and life afterwards. Lost half a star for being just a bit too long and detailed.
    Star rating: **+

  5. Review by Goodworth Clatford WI
    A good description of the horrors of war and information on social history. However, very wordy and possibly over long.
    Star rating ***

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