Vera Brittain and the First World War
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The deaths of her brother and fiance in the First World War inspired Vera Brittain (1893-1970) to write the enduringly popular Testament of Youth. To coincide with the release of a 2014 film adaptation, her biographer Mark Bostridge re-examines her experience of the war as a volunteer nurse, and charts the evolution of her book from novel to memoir. A final section evaluates the various dramatizations of her work, including the latest film.