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Letters from the suitcase : a wartime love story / edited by Rosheen and Cal Finnigan.

Contributor(s): Finnigan, Rosheen [editor.] | Finnigan, Cal [editor.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Tinder Press, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: xvi, 463 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1472243986; 9781472243980.Subject(s): Francis, David, 1918-1943 -- Correspondence | Campbell, Mary, 1917-2002 -- Correspondence | English letters | Love-letters | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, British | Love-letters | Man-woman relationships | Letters | Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Biographies.DDC classification: 941.0840922
Contents:
Prologue -- Introduction -- 'I have taken Auden to bed with me' -- A job in Whitehall -- A move to Bletchley Park -- Marriage in secret -- 'So it is war' -- David joins up; Mary returns to London -- A bitter winter in Skegness -- 'Every day is St Valentine's Day' -- Behind the barbed wire -- 'The kit bags are all packed' -- Portsmouth and a commission -- A child is born -- Shrapnel and baby socks -- Swansea -- A call from the Admiralty -- Combined operations -- Operation Ironclad -- Return to London -- Mission accomplished -- Passage to India -- The long silence -- Madagascar assault -- Tragedy strikes -- The 'doomed generation' -- Last posts -- Epilogue.
Summary: "Letters from the suitcase is the poignant and detailed wartime correspondence between David and Mary Francis from 1938 to 1943. Mary was originally from Dublin and only twenty-one when she met and fell in love with the privately educated, nineteen-year-old David Francis, a Christian Scientist. Their affair was passionate and in a swing of disgust at the growing rise of fascism and the Nazi party in Europe, they became active in North London left-wing circles. Against the wishes of their parents, they lived together in secret. These letters reveal their love and longing, their lives working as a secretary at Bletchley Park and as a young officer in action on the other side of the world, and later, Mary's experience of bringing up a small baby alone in London. David was to die in India, five years after their meeting, though his letters continued to reach Mary long after the event. At the heart, this is the story of a short but rewarding love. It is also the story of a father that Rosheen Finnigan never knew, and a fascinating social history"--Back cover.
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THE LETTERS FROM THE SUITCASE reveals the vivid, poignant and hugely detailed wartime correspondence between David and Mary Francis from 1938 to 1943, and a unique love story, sure to appeal to readers of Roald Dahl's LOVE FROM BOY, Sheila Hancock's MISS CARTER's WAR or Helen Simonson's MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND Mary was only 21 when she met and fell in love with the privately educated 19 year old David in London in 1938. Their affair was passionate, and in a swing of disgust at their class divide, and the growing rise of fascism and the Nazi party in Europe, they joined the Communist Party. These letters reveal their intelligence and thoughtfulness, details of their lives working as a secretary at Bletchley Park and as a young officer in action on the other side of the world, their marriage against the wishes of David's parents, their sexual desire and longing, and Mary's experience of bringing up a small baby alone. David was to die in India, five years after their meeting, though his letters continued to reach Mary long after the event. At the heart, this is the story of a short but rich, rewarding and colourful love, written with vivacity and honesty. It is also a fascinating social history.

Prologue -- Introduction -- 'I have taken Auden to bed with me' -- A job in Whitehall -- A move to Bletchley Park -- Marriage in secret -- 'So it is war' -- David joins up; Mary returns to London -- A bitter winter in Skegness -- 'Every day is St Valentine's Day' -- Behind the barbed wire -- 'The kit bags are all packed' -- Portsmouth and a commission -- A child is born -- Shrapnel and baby socks -- Swansea -- A call from the Admiralty -- Combined operations -- Operation Ironclad -- Return to London -- Mission accomplished -- Passage to India -- The long silence -- Madagascar assault -- Tragedy strikes -- The 'doomed generation' -- Last posts -- Epilogue.

"Letters from the suitcase is the poignant and detailed wartime correspondence between David and Mary Francis from 1938 to 1943. Mary was originally from Dublin and only twenty-one when she met and fell in love with the privately educated, nineteen-year-old David Francis, a Christian Scientist. Their affair was passionate and in a swing of disgust at the growing rise of fascism and the Nazi party in Europe, they became active in North London left-wing circles. Against the wishes of their parents, they lived together in secret. These letters reveal their love and longing, their lives working as a secretary at Bletchley Park and as a young officer in action on the other side of the world, and later, Mary's experience of bringing up a small baby alone in London. David was to die in India, five years after their meeting, though his letters continued to reach Mary long after the event. At the heart, this is the story of a short but rewarding love. It is also the story of a father that Rosheen Finnigan never knew, and a fascinating social history"--Back cover.