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An affair in letters

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Follow in the footsteps of Geoff & Edith

Follow the story online in real time on the Talbot House Facebook page. Each time on the historical date on which a letter was written, we will place a filmed version online. So between 27 July 2021 and 4 May 2022 you can read and watch the letters from 27 July 1915 to 4 May 1916. Besides the letters, you will also get to see lots of photos, music and other information. You can discover the videos through this link.

30 odd feet below Belgium

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When war tore young friends Geoffrey & Edith apart, they put their affections into passionate love letters. The wonderful style in which the couple write to each other is set on the hard backdrop of war. Although the battles must take a backrow in the youngsters focus on making each other laugh and encourage them brighter days are ahead.
The collected letters, put to book by Edith Ainscow's son, bring the story back to life in a particularly poignant way. The book contains all of the letters written by the couple from the very beginning in 1915 to May 1916. Professor Stockwin has added a series of personal and historic details to make the story more clear. Publisher Paul Bagshaw has succeeded in delivering a masterpiece with some great additional photos, often taken by the couple. This book is only available through Talbot House and only a limited amount of copies remain. A unique treasure you ought to add to your book collection...    Order the book from for just €25 or £20 plus postage. 

A lonely soldier somewhere in France

Livestream concert - 27th of July 2021 at 8pm

On 27 July, Geoff arrives in France and writes his first note home from across the water. Talbot House manager Simon Louagie outlines the story and shares many anecdotes. Together we watch the filming of Geoff's first letter from France and listen to the music the couple exchanged at the time. As icing on the cake, famous reporter Danira Boukhriss Terkessidis interviews the author who published the letters, Professor Arthur Stockwin. Arthur is the son of Edith, the 18-year-old girl in our story.

Rewatch the livestream through this link.