Au Revoir my darling
An intimate War Correspondence 1940 - 1945. Heather Haughton inherited from her mother a suitcase of her parent’s war correspondence. When she realised how richly they evoked the war years, she set about compiling the best of them into this book. For five long years during the Second World War, Eileen and Ken MacFarlane wrote to each other at least once – sometimes seven – times a week. Eileen in her richly descriptive correspondence brings alive the Australian home front of the yearly 1940s. Ken, who had left to join the 2/7th Australian General Hospital, was originally stationed at Seymour in Victoria, was then sent to Syria, Palestine and New Guinea. His letters describe the intense hard work occasionally punctuated by leave spent in the ancient bazaars of Middle Eastern cities. His yearning to be with Eileen and his two daughters is never far beneath the surface of his moving correspondence.
Hard cover, photographs, 224 pages.