The Fateful Year: England 1914

Posted on on 06 November 2014
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Author: Mark Bostridge
Publication Date: 02 January 2014

Publisher's Description:

'The Fateful Year by Mark Bostridge is the story of England in 1914. War with Germany, so often imagined and predicted, finally broke out when people were least prepared for it.

Here, among a crowded cast of unforgettable characters, are suffragettes, armed with axes, destroying works of art, schoolchildren going on strike in support of their teachers, and celebrity aviators thrilling spectators by looping the loop. A theatrical diva prepares to shock her audience, while an English poet in the making sets out on a midsummer railway journey that will result in the creation of a poem that remains loved and widely known to this day.

With the coming of war, England is beset by rumour and foreboding. There is hysteria about German spies, fears of invasion, while patriotic women hand out white feathers to men who have failed to rush to their country's defence. In the book's final pages, a bomb falls from the air onto British soil for the first time, and people live in expectation of air raids.

As 1914 fades out, England is preparing itself for the prospect of a war of long duration.'

Centenary News Comment

Written in a lively and engaging narrative style this book charts the events of 1914. From the Suffragettes to striking schoolchildren, 'The Fateful Year' is a detailed account of one of history's most eventful years.

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