23rd May 2012
Saoirse Ronan to Play Vera Brittain
Testament of Youth is Vera Brittain’s account of her experiences in WW1. The memoir depicts how Brittain ceased her studies at Somerville College to fulfil the role of a nurse both in Britain and on the National Front.
Recounting the horrors of war first hand, as well as the huge loss of her fiancé, her brother, and two of her close friends, Testament of Youth has been shocking readers since its publication in 1933, and is known as one of the best reads for understanding a woman’s perspective of The Great War.
The memoir begins with a metaphorical fairy story in which a character named Catherine must choose between a happy youth or a happy old age, and she chooses the latter – we come to learn that this is a vivid reflection of Brittain’s life who became a pacifist after her war experiences.
Are you looking forward to an adaptation of such a classic memoir? Will you be lining up for the first showing? Let us know.