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Full of Hope and Fear : The Great War Letters of an Oxford Family.

By: Bonfiglioli, Margaret.
Contributor(s): Munson, James.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (443 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780191016950.Subject(s): Slater, Gilbert, -- 1864-1938 -- Correspondence | World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, British | World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- England -- OxfordshireGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Full of Hope and Fear : The Great War Letters of an Oxford FamilyDDC classification: 940.481 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover -- FULL OF HOPE AND FEAR: THE GREAT WAR LETTERS OF AN OXFORD FAMILY -- Copyright -- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -- CONTENTS -- LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS -- PREFACE -- INTRODUCTION -- NOTES ON THE TEXT AND ON CURRENCY -- CORRESPONDENTS AND PEOPLE FREQUENTLY MENTIONED IN THE LETTERS -- THE LETTERS -- Gilbert to Violet, 31 December 1915 -- Gilbert to Violet, 1 January 1916 -- Patrick to his father, 1 January [1916] -- Gilbert to Eliot and Patrick, 7 January 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 13 January 1916 -- Owen to his father, [January 1916] -- Gilbert to Owen, 14 January 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 6 and 9 February 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 9 February 1916 from Hotel Connemara, Madras -- Gilbert to Owen, 9 February 1916 from the Madras Club -- Gilbert to Eliot, [9 February 1916] -- Violette Bossy to Violet, 10 February [1916] -- Owen to his father, [February 1916] -- Gilbert to Violet, 18 February 1916 -- Gilbert to Eliot and Patrick, 18 February 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, [18 February 1916?] -- Gilbert to Violet, 22 and 24 March 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 29 March 1916 from Palni -- Gilbert to Violet, 12 April 1916 from Madura -- Gilbert to Owen, 22 April 1916 -- Gilbert to Eliot and Patrick, 5 May 1916 from Gray's Hotel, Coonoor -- Gilbert to Owen, 11 May 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 19 May 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 25 May 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 8 June 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 15 June 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 22 June 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 28 June 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 21 July 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 21 July 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 29 July 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 4 August 1916 -- Owen to his mother, 6 August 1916 from Moor Farm -- Owen to his father, 9 August 1916 from Moor Farm.
Gilbert to Eliot and Pat, 12 August 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 12 August 1916 -- Owen to his father, 15 August 1916 from Moor Farm -- Gilbert to Violet, 16 August 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 19 August 1916 -- Owen to his mother, 20 August 1916 from Moor Farm -- Gilbert to Owen, 8 September 1916 -- Owen to his father, 21 September 1916 -- Gilbert to Patrick, [September 1916] -- Gilbert to Owen, 22 September 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 6 October 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 27 October 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 4 November 1916 -- MEMOR ANDUM , 6-7 NOVEMBER 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 18 November 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 6 December 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 17 February 1917 -- Gilbert to Gertrude Slater, 19 February 1917 -- Gilbert to Violet, 19 February 1917 -- Gilbert to Owen, 20 [?] February 1917 -- Violet to Owen, [May 1917] -- Gilbert to Owen, 21 May 1917 from Coulsdon, Surrey -- Owen to his father, [12 July 1917] -- Violet to Gilbert, [July 1917?] -- Gilbert to Owen, 28 August 1917 -- Eliot to his father, 17 September [1917] -- Gilbert to Violet, 22 September 1917 -- Gilbert to Eliot and Patrick, 22 September 1917 from Travellers Bungalow, Kumbakonam -- Gilbert to Violet, 29 September 1917 -- Owen to his father, 3 October 1917 -- Violet to Gilbert, [mid-October 1917] -- Gilbert to Violet, 10 November 1917 from Kobe Lodge, Royapettah, Madras -- Gilbert to Violet, 13 November 1917 from Kobe Lodge, Royapettah, Madras -- Gilbert to Owen, 14 November 1917 -- Gilbert to Owen, 16 November 1917 -- Owen to his father, 21 November 1917 -- Owen to his mother, [24 November 1917] from Shalem Lodge, Newark-on-Trent -- Owen to his father, 5 December 1917 -- Violet to Gilbert, 7 December 1917 -- Owen to his father, 9 January 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 14 January 1918.
Violet to Owen, 14 and 15 January 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 22 January 1918 from Oxford -- Gilbert to Owen, 25 January 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 31 January 1918 from her sister's house in Leyburn -- Joan George to Owen, 2 and 12 February 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 5 February 1918 from Leyburn, Yorks -- Gilbert to Owen, 9 February 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 11 February 1918 from Kentish Town, London -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 12 February 1918 from New College, Oxford -- Patrick to Owen, 20 February [1918] -- Violet to Owen, 20 February 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 25 February 1917 [1918] from Oxford -- Mrs Maude George to Owen, [February 1918] -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 27 February 1918 -- Gilbert to Violet, 27 February and 7 March 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, [3 March 1918] -- Gilbert to Owen, 7 March 1918 -- Violet to Owen, 7 March 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 9 March 1918 from Oxford -- Gilbert to Owen, 14 March 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 24 March 1918 -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 1 April [1918] from 57, Cranes Park, Surbiton -- Violet to Gilbert, 3 April 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, April 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 14 April 1918 -- Agnes Peacock to Owen, 19 April 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 20 April 1918 -- Owen to Patrick, [20 April 1918] -- Owen to his mother, 23 April 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 26 April 1918 from Wallingford -- Gilbert to Gertrude Slater, 27 April 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, [c.28 April 1918] -- Violet to Gilbert, 30 April 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 5 May 1918 from Oxford -- Owen to his mother, 7 May 1918 -- Eliot to his father, 8 May [1918] -- Gilbert to Violet, 8 May 1918 from Kodaikanal -- Violet to Gilbert, 10 May and 13 June 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 15 May 1918 -- Patrick to his father, 18 May 1918 -- Harold Oakeshott to Owen, 19 May 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 20 May 1918.
Violet to Owen, 20 and 23 May 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 21 May [1918] from Oxford -- Violet to Gilbert, 22 May 1918 -- Eliot to his father, 22 May 1918 -- Joan George to Owen, 23 May 1918 from Watlington, where she was doing agricultural work -- Joan George to Owen, 26 May 1918 -- Patrick to his father, 29 May [1918] -- Eliot to his father, 29 May [1918] -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 29 May 1918 -- C. J. Evans, Headmaster of Leighton Park School, to Violet, 31 May 1918 -- Eliot to his father, 2 June [1918] -- Patrick to his father, 2 June [1918] -- Owen to his father, 5 June 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 9 June 1918 from Chatham -- Gilbert to Owen, 10 June 1918 -- Eliot to his father, 13 June [1918] -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, 14 June 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 16 June 1918 from Wallingford -- Eliot to Owen, 16 June [1918] -- Violet to Owen, [16 June 1918] in same envelope as above -- Owen to his mother, 23 June 1918 -- Owen to his mother, [late June 1918] -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, [24 June 1918] -- Violet to Gilbert, 26 June [1918] from London -- Owen to Violet, [2 July 1918] from Royal Engineers Mess, Chatham -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 2 and 3 July 1918 from London -- Violet to Gilbert, 3 July 1918 -- Gertrude Slater to Gilbert, 3 July [1918] -- Eliot to his father, 3 July 1918 inside his mother's letter of 3 July -- Violet to Gilbert, 4 July 1918 -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, 5 July 1918 (morning prep) -- Owen to his mother, 7 July 1918 from Aldershot -- Patrick to Owen, 7 July [1918] -- Owen to his father, 8 July 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 10 July 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 10 and 13 July 1918 -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, 11 July 1918 -- Ida Brown to Owen, 13 July 1918 -- Maud Slater to Violet, 14 July 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 15 July 1918.
Mavis H. Starkie to Violet, 16 July 1918 from Oswestry -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 16 July 1918 from Keble College, Oxford -- Patrick to his father, 23 July [1918] -- Eliot to Owen, 23 July 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 23 July 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 23 July [1918] [This is a postscript to a letter from Patrick and Eliot Slater which has not survived.] -- Gilbert to Owen, 25 July 1918 -- Gertrude Slater to Eliot, 29 July [1918] from Bull Point on the north coast of Devon -- Violet to Gilbert, 30 July 1918 -- Patrick to his father, 31 July [1918] -- Maud Slater to Violet, 1 August 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 4 August 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 11 August 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 19 August 1918 -- Owen to his father, 20 August 1918 -- Violet to Owen, 25 and 27 August 1918 from her sister's house in Leyburn -- Joan George to Owen, 3 September 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 8 September 1918 from Wallingford -- Violet to Owen, 16 September 1918. 4.30 a.m. -- Betty Slater to Owen, 17 September 1918 from Oxford -- Violet to Owen, 18 September [1918] -- Eliot to Owen, 18 September [1918] -- Owen to his mother, 11 [18] September 1918 -- Ida Brown to Owen, 18 September 1918 -- Violet to Owen, 20 September 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 21 September 1918 from Wallingford -- Violet to Owen, 22 and 24 September 1918 -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, 22 and 24 [?] September 1918 -- Aunt Lilly to Violet, 24 September [1918] -- Owen to his mother, 27 September 1918 -- Violet to Owen, 28 [29] September 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 29 September 1918 from Wallingford -- Owen to his mother, 29 September 1918 -- Patrick to his father, 30 September 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, [30 September 1918] -- Owen to his mother, 1 October 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 2 October 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 4 October 1918.
Gilbert to Violet, 4 October 1918 from the Kolar Gold Fields.
Summary: The First World War has survived as part of our national memory in a way no previous war has ever done. This collection of letters - which lay untouched for almost ninety years - allows a unique glimpse into the war as experienced by one family at the time, transporting us back to an era which is now slipping tantalizingly out of living memory. The Slaters - the family at the heart of these letters - lived in Oxford. Like most families, they were both typical and unique. Gilbert, the father of the family, had been head of Ruskin College in Oxford, and during the war found work as the first Professor of Indian Economics in Madras. His wife, Violet, grew to detest the war and became an increasingly vocal pacifist as the slaughter continued. Owen, their eldest son, a schoolboy in 1914, was fighting in France by war's end. In the letters they wrote to each other and their friends at this time we see how the war increasingly impacted upon each of their lives and the life of the world around them - rationing, Violet's increasing involvement in radical politics, the deaths of friends, the fear of Zeppelin raids when in London, the endless discussions between Violet and Gilbert about how to keep their son out of the trenches - and the growth of Owen from schoolboy to soldier, serving as a junior officer on theWestern Front. Above all, in their privacy and immediacy, their inconsistencies and false hopes, these letters bring us as near as we can ever be to understanding what people thought, feared, and hoped for during these momentous years.
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Cover -- FULL OF HOPE AND FEAR: THE GREAT WAR LETTERS OF AN OXFORD FAMILY -- Copyright -- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -- CONTENTS -- LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS -- PREFACE -- INTRODUCTION -- NOTES ON THE TEXT AND ON CURRENCY -- CORRESPONDENTS AND PEOPLE FREQUENTLY MENTIONED IN THE LETTERS -- THE LETTERS -- Gilbert to Violet, 31 December 1915 -- Gilbert to Violet, 1 January 1916 -- Patrick to his father, 1 January [1916] -- Gilbert to Eliot and Patrick, 7 January 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 13 January 1916 -- Owen to his father, [January 1916] -- Gilbert to Owen, 14 January 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 6 and 9 February 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 9 February 1916 from Hotel Connemara, Madras -- Gilbert to Owen, 9 February 1916 from the Madras Club -- Gilbert to Eliot, [9 February 1916] -- Violette Bossy to Violet, 10 February [1916] -- Owen to his father, [February 1916] -- Gilbert to Violet, 18 February 1916 -- Gilbert to Eliot and Patrick, 18 February 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, [18 February 1916?] -- Gilbert to Violet, 22 and 24 March 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 29 March 1916 from Palni -- Gilbert to Violet, 12 April 1916 from Madura -- Gilbert to Owen, 22 April 1916 -- Gilbert to Eliot and Patrick, 5 May 1916 from Gray's Hotel, Coonoor -- Gilbert to Owen, 11 May 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 19 May 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 25 May 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 8 June 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 15 June 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 22 June 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 28 June 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 21 July 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 21 July 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 29 July 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 4 August 1916 -- Owen to his mother, 6 August 1916 from Moor Farm -- Owen to his father, 9 August 1916 from Moor Farm.

Gilbert to Eliot and Pat, 12 August 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 12 August 1916 -- Owen to his father, 15 August 1916 from Moor Farm -- Gilbert to Violet, 16 August 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 19 August 1916 -- Owen to his mother, 20 August 1916 from Moor Farm -- Gilbert to Owen, 8 September 1916 -- Owen to his father, 21 September 1916 -- Gilbert to Patrick, [September 1916] -- Gilbert to Owen, 22 September 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 6 October 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 27 October 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 4 November 1916 -- MEMOR ANDUM , 6-7 NOVEMBER 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 18 November 1916 -- Gilbert to Violet, 6 December 1916 -- Gilbert to Owen, 17 February 1917 -- Gilbert to Gertrude Slater, 19 February 1917 -- Gilbert to Violet, 19 February 1917 -- Gilbert to Owen, 20 [?] February 1917 -- Violet to Owen, [May 1917] -- Gilbert to Owen, 21 May 1917 from Coulsdon, Surrey -- Owen to his father, [12 July 1917] -- Violet to Gilbert, [July 1917?] -- Gilbert to Owen, 28 August 1917 -- Eliot to his father, 17 September [1917] -- Gilbert to Violet, 22 September 1917 -- Gilbert to Eliot and Patrick, 22 September 1917 from Travellers Bungalow, Kumbakonam -- Gilbert to Violet, 29 September 1917 -- Owen to his father, 3 October 1917 -- Violet to Gilbert, [mid-October 1917] -- Gilbert to Violet, 10 November 1917 from Kobe Lodge, Royapettah, Madras -- Gilbert to Violet, 13 November 1917 from Kobe Lodge, Royapettah, Madras -- Gilbert to Owen, 14 November 1917 -- Gilbert to Owen, 16 November 1917 -- Owen to his father, 21 November 1917 -- Owen to his mother, [24 November 1917] from Shalem Lodge, Newark-on-Trent -- Owen to his father, 5 December 1917 -- Violet to Gilbert, 7 December 1917 -- Owen to his father, 9 January 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 14 January 1918.

Violet to Owen, 14 and 15 January 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 22 January 1918 from Oxford -- Gilbert to Owen, 25 January 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 31 January 1918 from her sister's house in Leyburn -- Joan George to Owen, 2 and 12 February 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 5 February 1918 from Leyburn, Yorks -- Gilbert to Owen, 9 February 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 11 February 1918 from Kentish Town, London -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 12 February 1918 from New College, Oxford -- Patrick to Owen, 20 February [1918] -- Violet to Owen, 20 February 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 25 February 1917 [1918] from Oxford -- Mrs Maude George to Owen, [February 1918] -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 27 February 1918 -- Gilbert to Violet, 27 February and 7 March 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, [3 March 1918] -- Gilbert to Owen, 7 March 1918 -- Violet to Owen, 7 March 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 9 March 1918 from Oxford -- Gilbert to Owen, 14 March 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 24 March 1918 -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 1 April [1918] from 57, Cranes Park, Surbiton -- Violet to Gilbert, 3 April 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, April 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 14 April 1918 -- Agnes Peacock to Owen, 19 April 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 20 April 1918 -- Owen to Patrick, [20 April 1918] -- Owen to his mother, 23 April 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 26 April 1918 from Wallingford -- Gilbert to Gertrude Slater, 27 April 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, [c.28 April 1918] -- Violet to Gilbert, 30 April 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 5 May 1918 from Oxford -- Owen to his mother, 7 May 1918 -- Eliot to his father, 8 May [1918] -- Gilbert to Violet, 8 May 1918 from Kodaikanal -- Violet to Gilbert, 10 May and 13 June 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 15 May 1918 -- Patrick to his father, 18 May 1918 -- Harold Oakeshott to Owen, 19 May 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 20 May 1918.

Violet to Owen, 20 and 23 May 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 21 May [1918] from Oxford -- Violet to Gilbert, 22 May 1918 -- Eliot to his father, 22 May 1918 -- Joan George to Owen, 23 May 1918 from Watlington, where she was doing agricultural work -- Joan George to Owen, 26 May 1918 -- Patrick to his father, 29 May [1918] -- Eliot to his father, 29 May [1918] -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 29 May 1918 -- C. J. Evans, Headmaster of Leighton Park School, to Violet, 31 May 1918 -- Eliot to his father, 2 June [1918] -- Patrick to his father, 2 June [1918] -- Owen to his father, 5 June 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 9 June 1918 from Chatham -- Gilbert to Owen, 10 June 1918 -- Eliot to his father, 13 June [1918] -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, 14 June 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 16 June 1918 from Wallingford -- Eliot to Owen, 16 June [1918] -- Violet to Owen, [16 June 1918] in same envelope as above -- Owen to his mother, 23 June 1918 -- Owen to his mother, [late June 1918] -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, [24 June 1918] -- Violet to Gilbert, 26 June [1918] from London -- Owen to Violet, [2 July 1918] from Royal Engineers Mess, Chatham -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 2 and 3 July 1918 from London -- Violet to Gilbert, 3 July 1918 -- Gertrude Slater to Gilbert, 3 July [1918] -- Eliot to his father, 3 July 1918 inside his mother's letter of 3 July -- Violet to Gilbert, 4 July 1918 -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, 5 July 1918 (morning prep) -- Owen to his mother, 7 July 1918 from Aldershot -- Patrick to Owen, 7 July [1918] -- Owen to his father, 8 July 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 10 July 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 10 and 13 July 1918 -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, 11 July 1918 -- Ida Brown to Owen, 13 July 1918 -- Maud Slater to Violet, 14 July 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 15 July 1918.

Mavis H. Starkie to Violet, 16 July 1918 from Oswestry -- Basil Donne-Smith to Owen, 16 July 1918 from Keble College, Oxford -- Patrick to his father, 23 July [1918] -- Eliot to Owen, 23 July 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 23 July 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, 23 July [1918] [This is a postscript to a letter from Patrick and Eliot Slater which has not survived.] -- Gilbert to Owen, 25 July 1918 -- Gertrude Slater to Eliot, 29 July [1918] from Bull Point on the north coast of Devon -- Violet to Gilbert, 30 July 1918 -- Patrick to his father, 31 July [1918] -- Maud Slater to Violet, 1 August 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 4 August 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 11 August 1918 -- Owen to his mother, 19 August 1918 -- Owen to his father, 20 August 1918 -- Violet to Owen, 25 and 27 August 1918 from her sister's house in Leyburn -- Joan George to Owen, 3 September 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 8 September 1918 from Wallingford -- Violet to Owen, 16 September 1918. 4.30 a.m. -- Betty Slater to Owen, 17 September 1918 from Oxford -- Violet to Owen, 18 September [1918] -- Eliot to Owen, 18 September [1918] -- Owen to his mother, 11 [18] September 1918 -- Ida Brown to Owen, 18 September 1918 -- Violet to Owen, 20 September 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 21 September 1918 from Wallingford -- Violet to Owen, 22 and 24 September 1918 -- Hugh Cockram to Owen, 22 and 24 [?] September 1918 -- Aunt Lilly to Violet, 24 September [1918] -- Owen to his mother, 27 September 1918 -- Violet to Owen, 28 [29] September 1918 -- Joyce Cockram to Owen, 29 September 1918 from Wallingford -- Owen to his mother, 29 September 1918 -- Patrick to his father, 30 September 1918 -- Violet to Gilbert, [30 September 1918] -- Owen to his mother, 1 October 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 2 October 1918 -- Gilbert to Owen, 4 October 1918.

Gilbert to Violet, 4 October 1918 from the Kolar Gold Fields.

The First World War has survived as part of our national memory in a way no previous war has ever done. This collection of letters - which lay untouched for almost ninety years - allows a unique glimpse into the war as experienced by one family at the time, transporting us back to an era which is now slipping tantalizingly out of living memory. The Slaters - the family at the heart of these letters - lived in Oxford. Like most families, they were both typical and unique. Gilbert, the father of the family, had been head of Ruskin College in Oxford, and during the war found work as the first Professor of Indian Economics in Madras. His wife, Violet, grew to detest the war and became an increasingly vocal pacifist as the slaughter continued. Owen, their eldest son, a schoolboy in 1914, was fighting in France by war's end. In the letters they wrote to each other and their friends at this time we see how the war increasingly impacted upon each of their lives and the life of the world around them - rationing, Violet's increasing involvement in radical politics, the deaths of friends, the fear of Zeppelin raids when in London, the endless discussions between Violet and Gilbert about how to keep their son out of the trenches - and the growth of Owen from schoolboy to soldier, serving as a junior officer on theWestern Front. Above all, in their privacy and immediacy, their inconsistencies and false hopes, these letters bring us as near as we can ever be to understanding what people thought, feared, and hoped for during these momentous years.

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James Munson was Literary Editor of Contemporary Review from 1994 to 2012. Prior to that, he taught history at Oxford University and was for many years a script writer for BBC Television and Radio. He has also written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian. He has published widely, including a biography of Queen Victoria, and his most recent book (with RichardMullen) is Smell of the Continent: The British Discover Europe, 1814-1914 (2009), described by A. N. Wilson as 'pure charm'.Margaret Bonfiglioli read English at Oxford. Her particular interest in family letters began with a special study of the Verney Papers under Rachel Trickett. In 2001 she published The Mortdecai ABC: A Bonfiglioli Reader, a collection of the writings of her husband, the thriller writer Kyril Bonfiglioli. She is the daughter of Owen Slater, one of the central correspondents in this collection. In 2008 she began to re-discover the letters that form the basis of this book.

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