Last updated on 25th January 2022
“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. Much of what survives was edited by Professor R. George Thomas and published by OUP in 1968.
Now, William Cooke, author of ‘Edward Thomas, A Critical Biography,’ (Faber 1970) has found twenty-five unpublished letters, which he has set in context in a new book published by the Fellowship.
Further details, price (discounted for Fellowship Members) and how to order may be found here