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Testament of Friendship

The Story of Winifred Holtby
  • Author
    • Vera Brittain
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In her bestselling first volume of autobiography, Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain passionately recorded the agonising years of the First World War, lamenting the destruction of a generation which for her included those she most dearly loved - her lover, her brother and her closest friends.

In Testament of Friendship Brittain tells the story of the woman who helped her survive those tragic years - the writer Winifred Holtby. They met at Somerville College, Oxford, immediately after the war. Their friendship continued through Vera's marriage and their separate but parallel writing careers until Winifred's untimely death at the age of thirty-seven. When she died, her fame as a writer was about to reach its peak with the publication of her greatest novel, South Riding.

A moving record of a friendship between two women of courage, determination and intelligence and a wonderful portrait of a lifelong love. Testament of Friendship now takes its rightful place as a Virago Modern Classic.

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  • Published: Mar 22 2012
  • Pages: 528
  • 198 x 128mm
  • ISBN: 9781844088706
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Press Reviews

  • Spectator
    Throughout their correspondence, the fragile Brittain is often painfully demanding - but the role of devoted supporter seems to gratify Holtby
  • Guardian
    Holtby certainly helped Brittain write by looking after her children. But they also both helped each other work. And they each saved the other's best book