The Love-Charm of Bombs : Restless Lives in the Second World War, Paperback

The Love-Charm of Bombs : Restless Lives in the Second World War Paperback



When the first bombs fell on London in August 1940, the city was transformed overnight into a battlefront.

For most Londoners, the sirens, guns, planes and bombs heralded gruelling nights of sleeplessness, fear and loss.

But for Graham Greene and some of his contemporaries, this was a bizarrely euphoric time when London became the setting for intense love affairs and surreal beauty.

At the height of the Blitz, Greene described the bomb-bursts as holding one 'like a love-charm'.

As the sky whistled and the ground shook, nerves were tested, loyalties examined and infidelities begun.

The Love-charm of Bombs is a powerful wartime chronicle told through the eyes of five prominent writers: Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, Rose Macaulay, Hilde Spiel and Henry Yorke (writing as Henry Green).

Volunteering as ambulance drivers, fire-fighters and ARP wardens, these were the successors to the soldier poets of the First World War and their story has never been told. Now, opening with a meticulous evocation of a single night in September 1940, Lara Feigel brilliantly and beautifully interweaves letters, diaries and fiction with official civil defence records to chart the history of a burning world in wartime London and post-war Vienna and Berlin.

She reveals the haunting, ecstatic, often wrenching stories that triumphed amid the mess of a war-torn world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781408830901



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