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Wave Me Goodbye

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349012612

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 29th August 2019

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Short Stories

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‘Fascinating . . . a poignant book . . . an unusual and absolutely authentic view of those convulsive years’ OBSERVER

‘Each story in Wave Me Goodbye is a relic of the Second World War’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘This is as stark and acidic a collection of war stories as you will read . . . Stripped bare of the sentimentalism attached to love in wartime’ SCOTSMAN

This collection of wartime stories includes some of the finest writers of a generation.

War had traditionally been seen as a masculine occupation, but these stories show how women were equal if different participants. Here, war is less about progress on the frontline of battle than about the daily struggle to keep homes, families and relationships alive; to snatch pleasure from danger, and strength from shared experience. The stories are about saying goodbye to husbands, lovers, brothers and sons – and sometimes years later trying to remake their lives anew.

By turn comical, stoical, compassionate, angry and subversive, these intensely individual voices bring a human dimension to the momentous events that reverberated around them and each opens a window on to a hidden landscape of war.

Writers include: Jean Rhys, Beryl Bainbridge, Elizabeth Bowen, Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Smith, Rosamond Lehmann, Barbara Pym, Angela Thirkell, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Dorothy Parker, Doris Lessing, Olivia Manning, Rose Macaulay and Stevie Smith

Virago Modern Classics