There Are No Flowers Here: Collected Letters of Jack Richardson
Author: Jack Richardson, Paul Holloway, Elizabeth Holloway
Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: My Fat Fox Ltd
Release Date: February 18, 2014
In 1913 John 'Jack' Richardson was the 20 year-old son of the headmaster of Shaftesbury Road Elementary School in Forest Gate, East London. Jack was a lover of the countryside, a talented artist and a linguistics scholar; he adored Beowulf, and quoted Robert Louis Stevenson and Omar Khayyam. May Larby, 18, was the daughter of a local police constable; she was a sharp-minded mathematician with a great thirst for all knowledge, cultural as well as abstract. After a chance meeting on an underground train these two brilliant young people began a doomed love affair.
Jack's letters to May, at the beginning from his home on Forest Gate and later from the trenches of the Great War, document their brief, but memorable relationship. His descriptions of his experiences and surroundings paint a vivid picture of the time.