My Dear Bessie A Love Story in Letters

Professor Bernard Barker, an Emeritus Professor of the University of Leicester's School of Education has written a feature in which he rediscovers his parents' unique love story during a BBC Breakfast interview.

He was given some 500 letters by his father before he died, about half a million words including letters back from his mother - their war correspondence between 1943 - 1946.

The letters document a love story in the context of the second world war, with lots of historical and romantic interest, and dramatic episodes in Greece.

These were archived after his death until being found by a well known writer, Simon Garfield, who published around 25,000 words in his book To The Letter.

An independent, free-standing version of the book, My Dear Bessie: A Love Story in Letters, was published by Canongate this year on Valentine's Day.

My Dear Bessie: A Love Story in Letters - By Chris Barker and Bessie Moore (ed. Simon Garfield), Canongate, February 2015. Copies available to order from the University's bookshop