The team at LBA have been poring over the beautiful advance copies of Letters From The Suitcase which arrived in the office this morning.
Letters From The Suitcase reveals the vivid, poignant and hugely detailed wartime correspondence between David and Mary Francis from 1938 to 1943.
Mary was only 21 when she met and fell in love with the privately educated 19 year old David 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 the story of a father that Rosheen Finnigan never knew, and a fascinating social history, utterly unique in the telling.
Letters From The Suitcase will be released by Tinder Press in June 2017.