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Mr Dear, I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young

About the book

While Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke fight for their country, their survival and their sanity in the trenches of Flanders, Nadine Waveney, Julia Locke and Rose Locke do what they can at home.

Reviewed by Hawkley Reading Group

Everyone enjoyed this book, a strong “page turning” narrative and we found ourselves discussing aspects of war and medicine, stimulated by the story. A few of us found the characterisation a bit simplistic…

Star rating: ****

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4 thoughts on “Mr Dear, I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young”

  1. Review by U3A Book Group 2
    Well written, well researched, good atmosphere, plausible and almost too realistic. We all loved it.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Enjoying Books
    We were all thoroughly absorbed by this WW1 novel. The horrors, the self sacrifice, the heartache and love come together to make a book to remember and stay in the mind long after you have read it.
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by The Blank Books
    A good read – interesting about the surgery as well. Easy style and good language. Variational in rhythm and pace. Lots of themes and personal relationships with complex motivations and outcomes.
    Star rating: ****

  4. Review by Enjoying Books
    A fascinating insight into London life through the characters in a London Street. The contrast of the rich and the foreign inhabitants who struggle to survive the system. Beautifully written; some found it just a bit too long.
    Star rating **8 and 1/2

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