Reviews: TESTAMENT OF YOUTH by Vera Brittain

A couple of WWI Reading Challenge participants read Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain. Here are excerpts from their reviews; click the links to read the full reviews.

The Book Trunk said:

But Vera Brittain was one of the people who hoped a better world would evolve from the slaughter and desolation, and she poured her energies into campaigning for peace, in a bid to ensure there would never again be such a terrible conflict. And, while authors like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Graves wrote unforgettable fiction about the war, she wrote an autobiography which contains some of the most haunting – and moving – descriptions about the horrors of WWI that you are ever likely to read.

BooksPlease said:

It is an absolutely fascinating account of the war and all its horror and sufferings, and very moving. Vera was a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) during the war, nursing casualties both in Britain and France. The conditions were appalling.

**Attention participants: Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**


  1. Thanks to your Reading Challenge, my first, I’ve read 4 of Vera Brittain’s books. I was unfamiliar with her and now can’t thank you enough for my exposure to this history. Ann Perry’s books- “No Graves as Yet” and her 3 follow-up books also was a new historical experience. Thanks.

  2. Wonderful! Glad to have helped further your reading.

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