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Testament of Friendship (The Virago Book)

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In this book, Vera Brittain tells of the woman who helped her survive the First World War - the writer Winifred Holtby. They met at Oxford immediately after the war and their friendship continued through Vera's marriage and their separate but parallel writing careers, until Winifred's death at 37.
Paperback, 508 pages
Published March 22nd 2012 by Virago (first published 1940)
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Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women, fans of good writing
Recommended to Graceann by: Jo Brand
Shelves: biography, memoir
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
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A touching biography of one of my favourite writers, Winifred Holtby, by her great friend Vera Brittain. Brittain and Holtby met while studying at Somerville College, Oxford, and lived together for most of Winifred's short life, including after Vera married and had her two children.

Born and raised in Yorkshire, Winifred Holtby is now best known for her last novel, South Riding, but, apart from her other novels and short stories, was an accomplished journalist and poet. She was involved in the w
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should be lucky enough to have her best friend write her biography. This was a marvelous book.
Helen Smith
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really liked it, but so sad and so moving
Winter Sophia Rose
Beautifully Poetic!
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winifred Holtby was a name I recognised but in the past knew little about save that I recently enjoyed the BBC's adaptation of South Riding. So I was fascinated to read about what turned out to be an astonishing woman who appeared to be ahead of her time and died at a point in her writing life when she would probably have gone on to produce astonishing literature. Vera Brittain writes a very touching biography of her friend who she met at Oxford in 1919 as she was one of the first generation of ...more
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Vera Mary Brittain 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.

Her daughter is Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, who is a British politician and academic who represents the Liberal Democrats.

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