Only Water Between

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Taken from a family archive held at the Royal Armouries, Only Water Between tells the story of Captain Jack Adam and his family. Deployed to France in 1918, Jack leaves behind his beloved wife Gert and their three children. Separated by war, letters from home are a lifeline. Containing unpublished extracts and images of personal letters and photos, Only Water Between depicts a unique – yet all-too-common – story of family separation during the First World War. It describes the impact of soldiers missing in action, and the remarkable resilience of families left behind. Lost for many years, even the letters themselves offer a unique story of discovery and reunion. Angela Clare portrays a relationship of intimacy, trust and strength under pressure. As Jack writes to Gert, it was a time when there was ‘only water between’.


About the author

Angela Clare worked for the Royal Armouries for several years and has shared this story through theatre, talks and in print. She works in museums, sharing historical collections, archives and stories with audiences through a variety of media.


Series: Talking Points

Product format: Paperback 

ISBN: 9781913013035

Extent: 52 pp

Pictures: 20 Illustrations, black & white

Format: 168 x 240 mm


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