Achingly poignant, intensely passionate, and now the subject of a deeply moving memoir. How a soldie

A Daughters Choice, by Margaret Ford, is published by Pan, priced £7.99 paperback and available now

At 93, Margaret Ford may be the same age as the Queen. But as she runs her fingers across a letter browned with age and delicate as tracing paper, her eyes sparkle like those of a teenager.

Just look at this, she says. What a soppy thing my Jim was shy and reticent on the outside, but with all this passion bubbling underneath.

And shes off, her mind whirling back to a day not long after the end of World War II when a young man far from home sat down to write to the girl he yearned to marry.

That man is Margarets late husband, soldier Jim Ford. His love letters all 630 of them are an almost unbearably moving paean to a love that endured for 67 years until his death in 2013, at the age of 88.

A mixture of the charmingly mundane and achingly romantic, they cover everything from the almost physical anguish of separation to the misery of catching malaria.

© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Margaret Ford's late husband Jim penned more than 630 love letters to her. They are an almost unbearably moving paean to a love that endured for 67 years until his death in 2013, at the age of 88

In an age of texts and tweets, extended romantic missives are rare and these are so enchanting that publishers Pan Macmillan seized the chance to publish a memoir based around them. Overnight, Margaret, who lives just outside Lancaster, has found herself the oldest debut author in Britain.

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