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The author traces her friendship with the author, Winifred Holtby, from their meeting at Oxford to Holtby's death at the age of thirty-seven.
Paperback, 453 pages
Published September 3rd 1992 by Virago Press Ltd (first published 1940)
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Graceann
Oct 16, 2014 Graceann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women, fans of good writing
Recommended to Graceann by: Jo Brand
Shelves: memoir, biography
Unfortunately, Winifred Holtby is not well remembered today, even in her home country. The woman who wrote this book, Vera Brittain, has scarcely fared better, despite outliving Holtby by more than thirty years. This is a shame, because they are both worth remembering for numerous reasons. I was deeply moved by Brittain's "Testament of Youth," but if possible, I loved "Testament of Friendship" even more.

Winifred Holtby was a novelist, journalist and human rights activist who was active in the y
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Anne
I had to put Testament of Friendship down about ten pages from the end because I just couldn't bear it anymore. I was wracked with sobs--not just for Winifred Holtby, but for her mother (who outlived her whole family), for Vera Brittain (who saw everybody she loved die in the war, then her father and Winifred), for her long-time love Bill who never could get his act together until it was too late, and for everybody who knew her.

Because it's a biography of Winifred written by her best friend, an
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Winter Rose
Beautifully Poetic!
MadgeUK
This is the second of Vera Brittain's autobiographical trilogy and gives a loving account of her deep friendship with the Yorkshire born author, journalist and political activist, Winifred Holtby, whom she met at Oxford. Both of these women were pioneers in their day but sadly, are now largely forgotten.
Helen Billington
This is a marvellous book of its time, written in 1939 it is a biography of Yorkshire writer Winifred Holtby. I read Vera Brittain's other 'Testament' books whenI was a student in the 80s and had forgotten that I hadn't read this until it popped up as an Amazon suggested read.
Margaret
Everyone should be lucky enough to have her best friend write her biography. This was a marvelous book.
Helen Smith
really liked it, but so sad and so moving
Pat
This is probably very much a book of its time as it felt so dated in a way that many older books don't. The language was far too flowery for me and I didn't feel that we got to know the real Winifred Holtby. It is obvious that her early death left a huge gap in Vera Brittain's life and this tribute to her may have helped in the grieving process but as a book it did not thrill me. I rarely leave a book before I have finished it but I have really had enough of this one.
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Vera Mary Brittain (29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970) was a British writer and pacifist, best remembered as the author of the best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth, recounting her experiences during World War I and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism.

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Testament of Youth Testament of Experience Chronicle of Youth: The War Diary, 1913-1917 Because You Died: Poetry and Prose of the First World War and After Letters from a Lost Generation: First World War Letters of Vera Brittain and Four Friends (BBC Radio Collection)

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