“Comrades in Letters” is a new book being published by the Edward Thomas Fellowship about the relationship between Edward Thomas and Gordon Bottomley.
Gordon Bottomley and Edward Thomas were close friends for many years, from the late 1890s until Thomas’s death. The fact that they lived about three hundred miles apart, Bottomley in the Lake District and Thomas in the South, meant that they only met at long intervals, and that their friendship was conducted chiefly by correspondence.
We are beneficiaries in that the many letters of Thomas to Bottomley have survived. Those from Bottomley to Thomas are thought to have perished in the great bonfire that Thomas lit before enlisting. … Continue Reading