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Welcome to the new Centenary News Book Zone. We will be adding more books over the coming months. Please contact us if you would like to suggest a book – or if you want to write a review.

Deborah and the War of the Tanks 1917

by John A. Taylor

 

Publisher's Description

'John Taylor's book tells the tale of the tank and her crew, and tracks down their descendants to uncover a human story every bit as compelling as the military one.'

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The Road to Passchendaele

by Richard Van Emden

Publisher's Description:

'Using the winning formula of diaries and memoirs, and above all original photographs taken on illegally-held cameras by the soldiers themselves, Richard Van Emden tells the story of 1917, of life both on the line and behind it culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele.'

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Book Review - Passchendaele: A New History

by Nick Lloyd

Centenary News verdict

'This thought-provoking book, arguing that British and Commonwealth forces came close to forcing a major German retreat in autumn 1917, should at least challenge some pre-conceived notions about the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele.'

Read the publisher's description and CN review here.

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Liverpool Territorials in the Great War

by Paul Knight

Publisher's Description

'The Territorials were never intended, trained or equipped for overseas service; their role was to defend the UK mainland against invasion. Yet men across Liverpool’s diverse communities volunteered for the Territorials in their thousands, forming the core of two divisions during the First World War'.

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The Hendersons

by Daphne Glazer

Daphne Glazer's novel is about a Sheffield family who in 1914 felt that it would be wrong to fight. The author tells Centenary News that her own father went to prison as a 19-year-old conscientious objector during the First World War. 

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Betrayed Ally: China in the Great War

by Frances Wood & Christopher Arnander

Publisher's Description:

'The Great War helped China emerge from humiliation and obscurity. One hundred years on, the time is right for this accessible and authoritative account of China's role and assessment of its national and international significance.'

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Pershing's Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I

by Richard S. Faulkner

Publisher's Description:

'The Great War caught a generation of American soldiers at a turning point in the nation’s history.'Pershing’s Crusaders offers a clear, close-up picture of the doughboys in all of their vibrant diversity, shared purpose, and unmistakably American character.

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When Johnny Doesn't Come Marching Home

by Marian Small

 

Publisher's Description:

'A true account of the experiences of 1st Sergeant John Russell Small - an American First World War veteran - written by his daughter. At the age of 89, Marian Small set out to tell the story of a 20 year old boy whose love of adventure took him in 1916 to join Brigadier-General John J. Pershing in pursuit of Pancho Villa, the Mexican bandit, and then in 1918 to the trenches in France.'

Marian Small talks about her father here.

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American Journalists in the Great War: Rewriting the Rules of Reporting

by Chris Dubbs

Publisher's Description:

'When war erupted in Europe in 1914, American journalists hurried across the Atlantic ready to cover it the same way they had covered so many other wars. However, very little about this war was like any other. Its scale, brutality, and duration forced journalists to write their own rules for reporting and keeping the American public informed.'

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Lenin on the Train

by Catherine Merridale

Publisher's Description:

'A gripping account of how, in the depths of the First World War, Russia's greatest revolutionary was taken in a 'sealed train' across Europe and changed the history of the world.'

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Book Review - The Western Front: Landscape, Tourism and Heritage

by Dr Stephen Miles

Battlefield guide Victor Piuk discovers new perspectives in this study of how the landscapes of the Great War have influenced a century of commemoration and tourism.

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We Die Like Brothers: The Sinking of the SS Mendi

by John Gribble & Graham Scott

Publisher's Description:

'We Die Like Brothers is the first book to tell the story of the Mendi, from both a historical and archaeological perspective, of the men of the South African Native Labour Corps who died in the wreck, and the political aftermath of the tragedy.'

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War Beneath the Waves: U-boat Flottilla Flandern 1915-18

by Tomas Termote

Centenary News verdict

'Belgian marine archaeologist Tomas Termote has amassed a wealth of information, personal stories, and rare photos for this encyclopaedic history of Germany's U-boat crews on the Flemish coast. The author's newly-published English edition provides a welcome insight into the German side of the story for an Anglophone readership.'

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The Man Who Created The Middle East

by Christopher Simon Sykes

Publisher's Description:

'At the age of only 36, Sir Mark Sykes was signatory to the Sykes-Picot agreement, one of the most reviled treaties of modern times. A century later, Christopher Sykes’ lively biography of his grandfather reassesses his life and work, and the political instability and violence in the Middle East attributed to it.'

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Book Review - HMS Hampshire: a Century of Myths and Mysteries Unravelled

by 12 authors

'Meticulous and enthralling' - CN Editor Peter Alhadeff on this centenary account of the naval disaster that claimed the lives of Britain's War Minister Lord Kitchener and most of the crewmen on a Royal Navy cruiser in 1916.

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Book Review - An American on the Western Front

by Patrick Gregory & Elizabeth Nurser

'A story both illuminating and intensely moving' - CN reviewer Andy Moreton on this collection of the First World War letters of Californian student Clifford Kimber, edited and narrated by Patrick Gregory & Elizabeth Nurser.

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New Zealand's Western Front Campaign - a 'fresh perspective'

by Ian McGibbon

Publisher's Description:

'Between 1914 and 1918 New Zealand fought the bloodiest and most traumatic campaign in its military history. New Zealand’s Western Front Campaign challenges myths that exist about New Zealand’s effort and throws new light on aspects of the country’s overall involvement in the First World War.'

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Centenary Book Review - Forest of the Hanged

by Liviu Rebreanu

For the centenary of Romania's entry into the Great War, CN contributor William Illsley reviews Liviu Rebreanu's classic 1922 novel set during the Romanian campaign.

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Somme: Into the Breach

by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Publisher's Description:

'No conflict better encapsulates all that went wrong on the Western Front than the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Despite this, this book shows the extent to which the Allied armies were in fact able repeatedly to break through the German front lines.'

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Douglas Haig: From the Somme to Victory

by Gary Sheffield

Publisher's Description:

'Douglas Haig is the single most controversial general in British history. Drawing on previously unknown private letters and new scholarship eminent First World War historian Gary Sheffield reassesses Haig’s reputation, assessing his critical role in preparing the army for war.'

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The Good Soldier: The Biography of Douglas Haig

by Gary Mead

Publisher's Description:

'Posterity has not been kind to Douglas Haig, the commander of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front for much of the First World War. The Good Soldier re-examines Haig's record and presents his predicament with a fresh eye. More importantly, it re-evaluates Haig himself, exploring the nature of the man.'

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Book Review - Elegy: The First Day on the Somme

by Andrew Roberts

Centenary News Review:

'Roberts evokes the horror of 1st July 1916 by deftly balancing the facts with personal accounts and experiences. He brings the focus on the people who fought and died, who are not just numbers relegated to the history books, but men who had hopes, dreams and plans'. 

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Book Review - Sisters of the Somme

by Penny Starns

Centenary News Review:

From medical procedures to nursing debates to romantic meetings and blossoming friendships, this book is a fascinating and detailed account, which provides a truly comprehensive impression of a field hospital in wartime.

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Forgotten Voices of the Somme

by Joshua Levine

Centenary News Comment:

Ultimately Levine has captured something quite special in this book - perhaps the very energy of the men who fought in a battle that 'went on, and on, and on, and on'.

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Walter Carter WW1 Soldier’s Tale

by Living History

Publisher's Description:

'Like so many teenagers, Walter Carter is on Facebook and Twitter. He also writes a blog. But this is 1914, a few months before the outbreak of the greatest conflict the world has ever seen.

Aged just 19, Walter is about to share the devastating changes in his life with his family, his friends, his fellow soldiers and the world. All through social media.'

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Book Review - Breakdown

by Taylor Downing

Centenary News Review:

'I was particularly grateful to Downing for putting shell shock firmly within the context of the First World War. Intertwined with his shell shock narrative is an exploration of the war, the rush for recruitment, the battle plans and the battles themselves. This ensures that we fully understand how and, to a certain extent, why, this mental trauma began in the first place and how it managed to affect so many soldiers.'

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Book Review - Poppyganda

by Matthew Leonard

Centenary News Review:

'The symbol of the poppy today, worn on lapels around the country every November, is truly embedded in our collective memory of the First World War. We see the poppy and automatically associate it with the mud-soaked battlefields of France and Belgium. In reality, the poppy’s history is far more complex than many of us know.'

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World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont

by Barbara Wilcox

Publisher's Description:

'In 1917, Stanford University leased a portion of its land to allow the creation of Camp Fremont. Author Barbara Wilcox tells Camp Fremont’s story of adaptability, bravery and extraordinary accomplishment during the Great War.'

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Storm of Steel

by Ernst Junger & Michael Hofmann

Publisher's Description:

'A memoir of astonishing power, savagery and ashen lyricism, Storm of Steel depicts Ernst Jünger's experience of combat on the front line - leading raiding parties, defending trenches against murderous British incursions, and simply enduring as shells tore his comrades apart.'

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Undertones of War

by Edmund Blunden

Publisher's Description:

'In what is one of the finest autobiographies to come out of the First World War, the distinguished poet Edmund Blunden records his experiences as an infantry subaltern in France and Flanders.'

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Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age

by Modris Eksteins

Publisher's Description:

‘In his discussion of the kinds of feelings evoked by the horrific conduct of trench warfare, the widespread psychic depression following the Armistice and his insights into the aftermath of the war.'

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The Beauty And The Sorrow: An intimate history of the First World War

by Peter Englund

Publisher's Description:

'There are many books on the First World War, but award-winning and bestselling historian Peter Englund takes a daring and stunning new approach. Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, he explores the everyday aspects of war: not only the tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity, monotony and even beauty.'

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To End All Wars: How the First World War Divided Britain

by Adam Hochschild

Publisher's Description:

'In this brilliant new work of history, Adam Hochschild follows a group of characters connected by blood ties, close friendships or personal enmities and shows how the war exposed the divisions between them.'

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Somme

by Lyn MacDonald

Publisher's Description:

'There was hardly a household in the land', writes Lyn Macdonald, 'there was no trade, occupation, profession or community, which was not represented in the thousands of innocent enthusiasts who made up the ranks of Kitchener's Army before the Battle of the Somme...'

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Forgotten Voices of the Great War

by Max Arthur

Publisher's Description:

'This unique landmark oral history uses first-hand accounts from ordinary men and women who were there. Gripping, poignant, surprising and even humorous, the personal experiences of these soldiers, civilians, marines and medics from both sides tell us what it was really like to live through what was supposed to be the war to end all wars.'

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The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914

by Béla Zombory-Moldován

Publisher's Description:

'The budding young Hungarian artist Béla Zombory-Moldován was on holiday when the First World War broke out in July 1914. Called up by the army, he soon found himself hundreds of miles away, advancing on Russian lines―or perhaps on his own lines―and facing relentless rifle and artillery fire.'

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The Marne, 1914

by Holger H. Herwig

Publisher's Description:

'With exclusive information based on newly unearthed documents, Holger H. Herwig re-creates the dramatic battle and reinterprets Germany's aggressive ""Schlieffen Plan"" as a carefully crafted design to avoid a protracted war against superior coalitions.'

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To Fight Alongside Friends: The First World War Diary of Charlie May

by Gerry Harrison & David Crane

Publisher's Description:

'The First World War Diaries of Manchester Pals Captain Charlie May – written and kept in secret and published now for the first time. A born storyteller, Charlie May’s vivid eye for detail and warm good humour brings his experience in the trenches (and the experience of millions of ordinary men like him) to life for a 21st-century readership.'

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Dorothea's War: A First World War Nurse Tells Her Story

by Dorothea Crewdson & Richard Crewdson

Publisher's Description:

'The evocative diaries of a young nurse stationed in northern France during the First World War, published for the first time. A rare insight into the great war.'

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Before Enigma: The Room 40 Codebreakers of the First World War

by David Boyle

Publisher's Description:

'The book outlines the capture of the Magdeburg and the Hobart, discusses the use of cracked codes to bring German fleets to battle at Dogger Bank and Jutland, and focuses on individuals such as Winston Churchill and Admiral Sir Reginald ‘Blinker’ Hall and their importance in the development of a British naval code tradition.'

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Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World War

by Rob Langham

Publisher's Description:

'Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World War tells the story of the largest British bombers of the First World War and the men who flew them. In 1915, the biggest plane ever seen in Britain took flight for the first time a twin-engine monster with a 100- foot wingspan, designed to be a Bloody Paralyser to the Germans.'

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Attrition: Fighting the First World War

by William Philpott

Publisher's Description:

'Drawing on the experience of front line soldiers, munitions workers, politicians and those managing the vast economy of industrialised warfare, Attrition explains for the first time why and how this new type of conflict born out of industrial society was fought as it was.'

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Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War

by Gerry Docherty & James MacGregor

Publisher's Description:

'Hidden History uniquely exposes those responsible for the First World War. It reveals how accounts of the war’s origins have been deliberately falsified to conceal the guilt of the secret cabal of very rich and powerful men in London responsible for the most heinous crime perpetrated on humanity.'

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Verdun 1916: The Deadliest Battle of the First World War

by William F. Buckingham

Publisher's Description:

'Fought on the heights above the garrison town of the same name on the River Meuse, 140 miles east of Paris, the Battle of Verdun lasted for ten months, between February and December 1916, double the length of the Battle of the Somme and over three times the length of the Battle of Passchendaele.'

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The Jutland Scandal: The Truth About the First World War's Greatest Sea Battle

by Vice-Admiral Harper & Admiral Bacon

Publisher's Description:

'The Royal Navy had ruled the sea unchallenged for 100 years since Nelson triumphed at Trafalgar. Yet when the Grand Fleet faced the German High Seas Fleet across the grey waters of the North Sea near Jutland the British battleships and cruisers were battered into a draw, losing far more men and ships than the enemy. 

Produced as one volume for the first time, this book tells the truth about the scandal that developed following the largest battle ever fought at sea.'

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Submarine and Anti-Submarine: The Battle Under the Surface During World War One

by Henry Newbolt

Publisher's Description:

'Focusing on this aspect of the war at sea, Newbolt relates many of the extraordinary incidents that defined this arduous campaign, from the Baltic to the North Sea via the Sea of Marmora.'

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Nothing Of Importance: A Record of Eight Months at the Front with a Welsh Battalion

by Bernard Adams

Publisher's Description:

'Placing his focus on the day to day existence of the soldiers in the trenches, Adams presents a grim picture of mud-coated billets, relentless artillery barrages, working parties, training and the art of military sniping.'

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The Home Front: Derbyshire During the First World War

by Scott C Lomax

Publisher's Description:

'The First World War saw many changes to Derbyshire that helped shape what the county is today. This book details the human experiences, thoughts, concerns, fears and hopes of the county during one the most important periods of its history.'

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British Submarines at War 1914-1918

by Edwyn Gray

Publisher's Description:

'Originally published in 1970 and out of print for nearly thirty years, this book has already earned its place as a classic of submarine history by an author with an international reputation for being second-to-none in evoking the claustrophobic horror of war beneath the waves. Accurate in detail, yet written with humanity and humour, it tells the story of Britain's pioneer submarines during the 1914-1918 War.'

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The First Blitz: Bombing London in the First World War

by Ian Castle

Publisher's Description:

'This book tells the story of Germany's strategic air offensive against Britain, and how it came to be neutralized. The first Zeppelin attack on London came in May 1915 - and with it came the birth of a new arena of warfare, the 'home front'.'

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Medical Services in the First World War

by Susan Cohen

Publisher's Description:

'This book is the illustrated story of those who risked their lives collecting casualties from the front line, of the various transport and treatment facilities at their disposal and of the eclectic mix of buildings in which the wounded were cared for at home, including many famous country houses.'

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The Doughboys: America and the First World War

by Gary Mead

Publisher's Description:

'Drawing upon the often harrowing personal accounts of the soldiers of the A.E.F., this book establishes the pivotal role played by the Americans in the defeat of the central powers in November 1918.'

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No More Soldiering: Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

by Stephen Wade

Publisher's Description:

'No More Soldiering looks at the lives and experiences of those men and women who would not fight Kaiser Bill’s army and suffered as a consequence, from Fenner Brockway, who faced solitary confinement in jail, to Ithel Davies, who found himself interned in Ireland. Being a ‘conchie’, it could be argued, was just as tough as facing the enemy in a trench.'

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The French Army and the First World War

by Elizabeth Greenhalgh

Publisher's Description:

'This is a comprehensive new history of the French army's critical contribution to the Great War. Ranging across all fronts, Elizabeth Greenhalgh examines the French army's achievements and failures and sets these in the context of the difficulties of coalition warfare and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the enemy forces it faced.'

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The Innocence of Kaiser Wilhelm II: and the First World War

by Christina Croft

Publisher's Description:

'Almost a century after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, Kaiser Wilhelm II is still viewed as either a warmonger or a madman, as the hundred-year-old propaganda posters remain fixed in the general consciousness. Was he, though, truly responsible for the catastrophe of the First World War, or was he in fact a convenient scapegoat, blamed for a conflict which he desperately tried to avoid?'

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The World's War

by David Olusoga

Publisher's Description:

'In a sweeping narrative, David Olusoga describes how Europe's Great War became the World's War - a multi-racial, multi-national struggle, fought in Africa and Asia as well as in Europe, which pulled in men and resources from across the globe.'

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Challenge of Battle: The British Army's Baptism of Fire in the First World War

by Adrian Gilbert

Publisher's Description:

'In this timely new book, Adrian Gilbert clears away the layers of sentiment that have obscured a true historical understanding of the 1914 campaign to provide a full, unvarnished picture of the British Expeditionary Force at war. Previous assessments of the BEF have held to an unshakeable belief in its exceptional performance during the battles of 1914.'

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The War Behind the Wire: The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War

by John Lewis-Stempel

Publisher's Description:

'Using contemporary records - from prisoners' diaries to letters home to poetry - John Lewis-Stempel reveals the death, life and, above all, the glory of Britain's warriors behind the wire. For it was in the PoW camps, far from the blasted trenches, that the true spirit of the Tommy was exemplified.'

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With the Battle Cruisers: Life Inside the Grand Fleet

by Filson Young

Publisher's Description:

'First published in 1921, With the Battle Cruisers is a very personal, focused study of naval life during wartime as it unfolded for Young.'

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The Last Crusade: The Palestine Campaign in the First World War

by Anthony Bruce

Publisher's Description:

'This is the first full account of World War I in Palestine since the official history published in the 1920s. It was a tough and fast-moving campaign, fought against a formidable enemy in harsh terrain and sometimes stupefying heat. Anthony Bruce has produced a comprehensive military history of the campaign, drawing on the full range of sources including the experiences of those who took part.'

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Back in Blighty: The British at Home in World War One

by Gerard DeGroot

Publisher's Description:

'In this highly readable and moving survey of life back at home during the First World War, Gerard DeGroot challenges this assumption, finding pre-war social structures were surprisingly resilient. Despite economic and technological changes, the British peoplemanaged to cling onto their usual ways of life as much as possible in this new world.'

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The Russian Origins of the First World War

by Sean Mcmeekin

Publisher's Description:

'The war of 1914 was launched at a propitious moment for harnessing the might of Britain and France to neutralize the German threat to Russia's goal: partitioning the Ottoman Empire to ensure control of the Straits between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.

 As we seek to make sense of these conflicts, McMeekin's powerful expose of Russia's aims in the First World War will illuminate our understanding of the twentieth century.'

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Empires of the Dead: How One Man's Vision Led to the Creation of WWI's War Graves

by David Crane

Publisher's Description:

'In the wake of the First World War, Britain and her Empire faced the enormous question of how to bury the dead. Critically-acclaimed author David Crane describes how the horror of the slaughter motivated an ambulance commander named Fabian Ware to establish the Commonwealth war cemeteries.'

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Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914

by Prit Buttar

Publisher's Description:

'The first in a four-book series on the Eastern Front in World War I, Prit Buttar's dynamic retelling examines the tumultuous events of the first year of the war and reveals the chaos and destruction that reigned when three powerful empires collided.'

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First World War Trials and Executions: Britain's Traitors, Spies and Killers

by Simon Webb

Publisher's Description:

'Between the beginning of the First World War in the summer of 1914 and the armistice in 1918, 51 men were executed in Britain. The great majority, over 80%, were hanged for murder, but in addition to this, 11 men were shot by firing squad at the Tower of London. Traitors, Spies and Killers tells the story of the most interesting and noteworthy of these executions and the crimes which led up to them.'

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Empire and Revolution: A Socialist History of the First World War

by Dave Sherry

Publisher's Description:

'Both the British and the German ruling classes were prepared for any number of dead and maimed to advance their imperial interests. As Dave Sherry shows in this accessible history, working class people suffered during WWI, but also began to fight back in the Russian and German revolutions.'

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Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918

by Alexander Watson

Publisher's Description:

'In Alexander Watson's compelling new history of the Great War, all the major events of the war are seen from the perspective of Berlin and Vienna. It is fundamentally a history of ordinary people.'

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Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War

by Paul Jankowski

Publisher's Description:

'Historian Paul Jankowski provides the definitive account of the iconic battle of World War I.Unusually, this book draws on deep research in French and German archives; this mastery of sources in both languages givesVerdun unprecedented authority and scope'.

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The War That Used Up Words: American Writers and the First World War

by Hazel Hutchison

Publisher's Description:

'Hazel Hutchison takes a fresh look at the roles of American writers in helping to shape national opinion and policy during the First World War. From the war's opening salvos in Europe, American writers recognized the impact the war would have on their society and sought out new strategies to express their horror, support, or resignation.'

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Book Review - Before Action: William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons

by Charlotte Zeepvat

Publisher's Description:

'William Noel Hodgson never intended to be a soldier; he wanted to write. The Great War made his reputation as a poet but it also killed him. This groundbreaking biography traces his path and explores why he set his own hopes and plans aside to join the army.'

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Poilu

by L. Barthas, E.M. Strauss, R. Cazals & R. Cowley

Publisher's Description:

'Barthas' riveting wartime narrative, first published in France in 1978, presents the vivid, immediate experiences of a frontline soldier.'

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Lies Told in Silence

by MK Tod

Publisher's Description:

'In 1914 Paris half the city expects war while the other half scoffs at the possibility. During the years that follow, three generations of women come together to cope with deprivation, fear and the dreadful impacts of war.'

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Somme Mud

by E.P.F Lynch

Publisher's Description:

'Edward Lynch enlisted when he was just 18 - one of thousands of fresh-faced men who were proudly waved off by the crowds as they embarked for France. It was 1916 and the majority had no idea of the reality of the Somme trenches, of the traumatised soldiers they would encounter there, of the innumerable, awful contradictions of war. Private Lynch was one of those who survived, and on his return home, wrote Somme Mud in pencil in over 20 school exercise books, perhaps in the hope of coming to terms with all that he had witnessed there?'

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Strange Meeting

by Susan Hill

Publisher's Description:

'Young officer John Hilliard returns to his battalion in France following a period of sick leave in England. Despite having trouble adjusting to all the new faces, the stiff and reserved Hilliard forms a friendship with David Barton, an open and cheerful new recruit who has still to be bloodied in battle. As the pair approach the front line, to the proximity of death and destruction, their strange friendship deepens. But each knows that soon they will be separated.'

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The Unsubstantial Air

by Samuel Hynes

Publisher's Description:

'The vivid story of the young Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I

The Unsubstantial Air is a chronicle of war that is more than a military history; it traces the lives and deaths of the young Americans who fought in the skies over Europe in World War I. Using letters, journals, and memoirs, it speaks in their voices and answers primal questions: What was it like to be there? What was it like to fly those planes, to fight, to kill?'

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Book Review - Fear

by Gabriel Chevallier

Centenary News Review:

It’s quite a rare thing for a First World War novel to surprise me. We see the same tropes – the mud soaked trenches, lice, death, ignorance – in the majority, whether that’s in the novels of the 20s and 30s written by those who experienced it, or in modern novels where all too often the ‘expected’ imagery is shoehorned in around a central plot. Gabriel Chevallier’s Fear however, is quite different.

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Commitment and Sacrifice: Personal Diaries of the Great War

by Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee & Frans Coetzee

Publisher's Description:

'For years, those who attempted to understand the devastation of World War I looked to the collections of diplomatic documents, the stirring speeches, and the partisan memoirs of the leading participants. However, those accounts offered little by way of the intimate history, or the individual experiences of those involved in the Great War. In Commitment and Sacrifice, Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee and Frans Coetzee provide just such an intimate look by bringing together previously unpublished diaries of five participants in the First World War and restoring to publication the diary of a sixth that has long been out of print.'

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The Monocled Mutineer

by William Allison & John Fairley

Publisher's Description:

'The Monocled Mutineer became a national sensation when it was made into an acclaimed, and controversial, BBC drama in 1986, starring Paul McGann. The Monocled Mutineer asks: was Percy Toplis an anti-establishment hero? What made the monocled mutineer the most wanted man in Britain?'

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Too Brave to Live, Too Young to Die: Teenage Heroes from World War I

by Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher's Description:

'World War I was a slaughter on an unprecedented scale. Nevertheless there was no shortage of young men willing to sacrifice themselves for their country. Some lied about their age to join up, not just at the start of the war when it was seen as a glorious adventure, but even towards the end when the true horror of the mechanized butchery was known to one and all. This book concerns the young men who were not yet twenty when they won the Victoria Cross, the British armed forces highest award for gallantry.'

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A Dirty Swindle: True Stories of Scots in the Great War

by Walter Stephen

Publisher's Description:

'Walter Stephen provides an uninhibited look at the misery and toil of World War I through a collection of twelve stories. Providing a Scottish perspective, he takes a look at reports from home and abroad with scepticism, delving deeper to unveil the unencumbered truth.'

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Gallipoli

by Julian Thompson, Dr Peter Pedersen & Dr Haluk Ora

Publisher's Description:

'From 25th April 1915 to 9th January 1916, troops from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Turkey engaged in a bitter struggle for the Gallipoli peninsula. The Allied forces wanted to forge a passage through the Dardanelles in order to create a sea route to Russia and capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople. Despite having more troops and being better supplied, the Allies suffered devastating losses in the face of the brave and resourceful Turks. Gallipoli tells the story of this campaign in a unique and comprehensive manner, through three authors who expertly describe their country's role and the impact the conflict had.'

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Three Soldiers

by John Dos Passos

Publisher's Description:

'Hailed as a masterpiece on its original publication in 1921, Three Soldiers is a gripping exploration of fear and ambition, conformity and rebellion, desertion and violence, and the brutal and dehumanizing effects of a regimented war machine on ordinary soldiers.'

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1915: The Death of Innocence

by Lyn Macdonald

Publisher's Description:

'By the end of 1914, the battered British forces were bogged down, yet hopeful that promised reinforcements and spring weather would soon lead to a victorious breakthrough. A year later, after appalling losses at Aubers Ridge, Loos, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and faraway Gallipoli, fighting seemed set to go on for ever. Drawing on extensive interviews, letters and diaries, this book brilliantly evokes the soldiers' dogged heroism, sardonic humour and terrible loss of innocence through 'a year of cobbling together, of frustration, of indecision'.'

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The Absolutist

by John Boyne

Publisher's Description:

'September 1919:20 year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian’s brother Will during the Great War but in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family.

But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage.'

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Letter to an Unknown Soldier

by Kate Pullinger and Neil Bartlett

Publisher's Description:

'On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he’s reading a letter. On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war everyone in the country was invited to take a moment and write that letter. A selection of those letters are published here, in a new kind of war memorial – one made only of words.'

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Book Review - Nursing Through Shot and Shell

by Beatrice Hopkinson and Dr Vivien Newman

Centenary News Review:

'Nursing Through Shot and Shell is a fascinating if harrowing read. It details the stark and unembellished experiences of a nurse on the front lines. Thanks to Vivien Newman’s introduction Hopkinson’s experiences are set against the history of nursing at war, which adds further depth and interest to an already enthralling book. Beatrice Hopkinson survived her service and, after her demobilization, emigrated to Canada to marry Dr Charles Aylen whom she met at the front – a happy ending for someone who gave so much.'

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When the Sun Bursts

by John Maher

Publisher's Description:

'Ireland, 1916. The Irish nationalists are preparing to fight for their freedom from the British. Lydia Fitzgerald, a Protestant land-owner, will play a crucial role in the war – and all for her German lover.'

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The Great War: The People's Story

by Isobel Charman

Publisher's Description:

'The Great War: The People's Story is both a meticulously researched piece of narrative history and a deeply moving remembrance of the extraordinary acts of extremely ordinary people.'

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Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War

by Helen Zenna Smith

Publisher's Description:

'First published in London in 1930, Not So Quiet... (on the Western Front) describes a group of British women ambulance drivers on the French front lines during World War I, surviving shell fire, cold, and their punishing commandant, "Mrs. Bitch." The novel takes the guise of an autobiography by Smith, pseudonym for Evadne Price.'

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A Broken World: Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War

by Eds. Sebastian Faulks and Hope Wolf

Publisher's Description:

'In this extraordinarily powerful and diverse selection of diaries, letters and memories, the testament from ordinary people whose lives were transformed are set alongside extracts from names that have become synonymous with the war, such as Siegfried Sassoon and T.E. Lawrence. A Broken World is an original collection of personal and defining moments that offer an unprecedented insight into the Great War as it was experienced and as it was remembered.'

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Book Review - Regeneration

by Pat Barker

Centenary News Review:

'Without a doubt Barker uses our own comfort and modern sensibilities against us to create an impact so powerful that it will shake the reader to their core, reminding us how the issues of 1914 still plague modern society.

Whether it be from a failing of humanity in its continuation of war, the blind faith we have in politics, the treatment of mental health, or the idea of gender and the rights of women, the novel strips humans to their base prejudices and tries to restructure a nonsensical war as something that we should have learned from instead of a conflict that we should simply forget or glorify.'

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The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923

by Sean McMeekin

Publisher's Description:

'The Ottoman Endgame is the first, and definitive, single-volume history of the Ottoman empire's decade-long war for survival. The consequences, well into the 21st century, could not have been more momentous.'

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The British Army in Mesopotamia 1914-1918

by Paul Knight

Publisher's Description:

'When war broke out between the British and Turkish empires in 1914, the 6th (Poona) Division sailed from India to Basra to bolster Britain's allies. This detailed history places the campaign in context of Allied operations in the Middle East and sheds light on several unsung heroes of the war.'

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The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916

by Alistair Horne

Publisher's Description:

'The Battle of Verdun lasted ten months. It was a battle in which at least 700,000 men fell, along a front of fifteen miles. Alistair Horne's classic work is a profoundly moving, sympathetic study of the battle and the men who fought there.'

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A Fool for Thy Feast: The Life and Times of Tubby Clayton, 1885-1972

by Linda Parker

Publisher's Description:

'A Fool for Thy Feast is a modern assessment of the career of this remarkable man. Tubby was pursuing a conventional clerical career when war changed his course. He became an army chaplain and ran the famous Talbot House in Poperinghe, the ‘Haven in Hell’ just behind the lines, visited by thousands of the troops fighting in the Ypres Salient.'

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Glory

by Rachel Billington

Publisher's Description:

 

'Three lives torn apart by the strangest campaign of WWI. Three people finding a way through this war of devastating proportions. Three people testing the strength of relationships forged in wartime.

Glory is the story of the men and women of Gallipoli and the tragic events of 1915. Of the determination to survive, the love stories enduring across the war-torn miles, the decisions cast, the errors made and the dark reality of the heroic dream.'

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Peace and War: Britain in 1914

by Nigel Jones

Publisher's Description:

'1914 dawned with Britain at peace, albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without: Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war; suffragette agitation was assuming an ever more violent hue; and suspicions of Germany's ambitions bred a paranoia expressed in a rash of 'invasion scare' literature. 

Then when shots rang out in Sarajevo on 28 June, they set in train a tumble of diplomatic dominos that led to Britain declaring war on Germany.'

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Fritz and Tommy: Across the Barbed Wire

by Peter Doyle and Robin Schafer

Publisher's Description:

'It was a war that shaped the modern world, fought on five continents, claiming the lives of ten million people. Two great nations met each other on the field of battle for the first time. But were they so very different? For the first time, and drawing widely on archive material in the form of original letters and diaries, Peter Doyle and Robin Schäfer bring together the two sides, ‘Fritz’ and ‘Tommy’, to examine cultural and military nuances that have until now been left untouched: their approaches to war, their lives at the front, their greatest fears and their hopes for the future.'

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While the Gods Were Sleeping

by Erwin Mortier

Publisher's Description:

'Lyrical and tender, filled with images of blazing intensity, While the Gods Were Sleeping asks how it is possible to record the dislocation of war; to describe the indescribable. It is a breathtaking novel about the act of remembering, how the past seeps into our lives and how those we have lost leave their trace in the present.'

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Elsie and Mairi Go to War

by Diane Atkinson

Publisher's Description:

'When they met at a motorcycle club in 1912, Elsie Knocker was a thirty year-old motorcycling divorcee dressed in bottle-green Dunhill leathers, and Mairi Chisholm was a brilliant eighteen-year old mechanic, living at home and borrowing tools from her brother. Little did they know, theirs was to become one of the most extraordinary stories of the First World War.'

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Book Review - Edith Cavell

by Diana Souhami

Centenary News Review:

'The chronological approach allows Diana Souhami to slow down time and focus in on the minutia of Edith Cavell's last days. As we come closer to the execution, the chapters are split into the mornings, afternoons and evenings of the days leading up to it. Whilst this primarily provides us with a detailed account of Cavell's last days and the attempts made or not made by various British and American officials, it also draws us into her narrative. These final chapters are well balanced – between the political side and Cavell's personal experience – and hugely emotive.'

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The Writers' War

by Ed. Felicity Trotman

Publisher's description:

'The Writers’ War is a collection of excerpts from outstanding accounts of the First World War. It provides an essential insight to anyone interested in modern history or early twentieth-century literature. Extraordinary extracts bring the human experience of war brilliantly to life – from the terror of bombardment, or the camaraderie of military service, to the home front.' 

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Book Review - Poems of Love and War

by Mary Borden

Centenary News Review:

'Mary Borden is one of the most remarkable writers of the First World War. Being positioned so close to the front lines gave her a unique experience of war that transfers to her poetry and prose. This collection of Borden's poetry, chosen by Paul O'Prey, sheds new light on her war experience and demonstrates the passionate and 'erotic' side of her.'

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After the Final Whistle

by Stephen Cooper

Publisher's Description: 'When Britain’s empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the fi rst to volunteer: they led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. When the Armistice came after four long years, their war game was over; even as the last echo of the guns of November faded, it was time to play rugby again. As Allied troops of all nations waited to return home, sport occupied their minds and bodies.'

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The First Day on the Somme

by Martin Middlebrook

Publisher's Description:

'Martin Middlebrook's classic account of the blackest day in the history of the British army, first published in 1971, takes in the accounts of hundreds of survivors: normal men, many of them volunteers, who found themselves thrown into a scene of unparalleled tragedy and horror.' 

The full description can be read here.

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Battle Story: Loos 1915

by Peter Doyle

Publisher's Description:

'The Battle of Loos saw a change in Allied strategy, which up until then had been a series of small-scale assaults that achieved little or no ground gained. In the end the ‘Big Push’ saw little achieved with Allied losses of about 50,000 men.'  

The full description can be read here.

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My Boy Jack? The Search for Kipling's Only Son

by Tonie & Valmai Holt

Publisher's Description:

'On 27th September 1915 John Kipling, the only son of Britain's best loved poet, disappeared during the Battle of Loos. The body lay undiscovered for 77 years. This is the first biography of John's short life, analysing the devastating effect it had on his famous father's work.'

The full description can be read here.

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Book Review - The Cartographer of No Man's Land

by P.S. Duffy

Centenary News Review:

'After a slow start, The Cartographer of No Man's Land builds into a truly rich novel. It is detailed and Duffy's knowledge is clear (shell shock and execution for desertion are just two subjects introduced very early on), but it never feels forced. Occasionally historical fiction of this kind can read like a check list of tropes, but here Duffy works important elements of the war into the tale so that they are inextricably linked. There is no jarring.'

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Edward Thomas: from Adlestrop to Arras, A Biography

by Jean Moorcroft Wilson

Publisher's Description:

'Along with Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas is by any reckoning a major first world war poet. Described by Ted Hughes as 'the father of us all', Thomas's distinctively modern sensibility is probably the one most in tune with our twenty-first century outlook.'

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A Farewell to Arms

by Ernest Hemingway

Publisher's Description:

'In an unforgettable depiction of war, Hemingway recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteers and the men and women he encounters along the way with conviction and brutal honesty. A love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.'

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The First Casualty

by Ben Elton

Publisher's Description:

'Flanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet, is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with his murder.'

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Goodbye to All That

by Robert Graves

Publisher's Description:

'An autobiographical work that describes firsthand the great tectonic shifts in English society following the First World War, Robert Graves's Goodbye to All That is a matchless evocation of the Great War's haunting legacy.'

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Book Review - Executed at Dawn: British Firing Squads on the Western Front

by David Johnson

Centenary News Review: 

'During the First World War 302 British and Commonwealth soldiers were executed at the Western Front. Although this number seems unimaginably high to the modern reader, this is in fact a much smaller number than it could have been and amounts to roughly one in ten of those condemned. This book would be an excellent starting point to the subject and includes reference to works that go into further detail should it be of interest.'

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Beneath a Turkish Sky: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli

by Philip Lecane

​Publisher's Description:

"It was the First World War’s largest seaborne invasion and the Irish were at the forefront. Recruited in Ireland, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were ordered to spearhead the invasion of Gallipoli in Turkey. This book tells the story of the forgotten Irishmen who died beneath a Turkish sky in what was Ireland’s D-Day."

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Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia

by Dominic Lieven

​Publisher's Description:

"The Russian decision to mobilize in July 1914 may have been the single most catastrophic choice of the modern era. Russia's rulers thought they were acting to secure their future, but after millions of deaths and two revolutions they were consigning their country to a uniquely terrible generations-long experiment under a very different regime."

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Fatal Destiny: Edith Cavell World War 1 Nurse

by Terri Arthur

​Publisher's Description:

"Based on historical fact, this captivating novel tells the story of the legendary Edith Cavell, a British nurse whose duties as a healer clashed with the demands of a ruthless occupying regime during World War I." 

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Book Review - Rough Riders: Two Brothers and the Last Stand at Gallipoli

by Peter Doyle

Centenary News Review:

'From a pile of letters discovered in a antique shop Peter Doyle has brought to life the experiences of two brothers from London at Gallipoli. The letters alone make this book a compelling read, but the accompanying notes make it informative as well as emotive. This is a book for anyone interested in the highs and lows, and triumphs and struggles of ordinary soldiers as they passed their days in the heat of Suvla Bay.'

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Book Review - Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

Centenary News Review:

'Larson's greatest skill is his ability to bring the captains, commanders and passengers to life beyond the page so that they are more than mere names in a history book. It is this, combined with the detailed and objective research, which makes Dead Wake a powerful addition to the study of the Lusitania's final voyage.'

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Book Review - Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania by Diana Preston

by Diana Preston

Centenary News Review: 

'This is a lively and comprehensive account of the sinking of the Lusitania, its aftermath, and the controversies which still swirl around the disaster. Diana Preston weaves a narrative of intrigue and foreboding that describes how the pride of the Cunard fleet sailed into the sights of a German submarine off the Irish coast a century ago.' 

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A God in Every Stone

by Kamila Shamsie

Publisher's Description:

"July 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is running up a mountainside in an ancient land, surrounded by figs and cypresses. Soon she will discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure, and the ecstasy of love. Thousands of miles away a twenty-year old Pathan, Qayyum Gul, is learning about brotherhood and loyalty in the British Indian army." 

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Book Review - Forever England: The Life of Rupert Brooke

by Mike Read

 

Centenary News Review: 'As Rupert Brooke prophesied in his sonnet ‘The Soldier’, there is now a ‘corner of a foreign field/ That is forever England’ on the Greek island of Skyros. On April 23rd 1915, on his way to fight in the Gallipoli campaign, Brooke died from sepsis resulting from a mosquito bite. Mike Read’s biography, Forever England, which has been updated for the anniversary of his death, aims to reveal the man behind the poems by exploring his life and legacy.'

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Gallipoli

by Alan Moorehead

Publisher's Description:

'First published in 1956, Alan Moorehead's book is still regarded as the definitive work on this tragic episode of the Great War. One could argue he was the first writer to capture the true turmoil that occurred in this campaign with his colourful, analytical and compelling style of prose.'

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The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East 1914-1920

by Eugene Rogan

Publisher's Description:

'Eugene Rogan's remarkable new book recreates one of the most important but poorly understood fronts of the First World War. Despite fighting back with great skill and ferocity against the Allied onslaught, the Ottomans were ultimately defeated, clearing the way for the making, for better or worse, of a new Middle East which has endured to the present.

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Gallipoli: Making History

by Jenny Macleod (ed.)

Publisher's Description:

'This study tackles key questions about just how the history of any given event comes to be written in a certain way and how very different versions of an event can compete for attention. Often one particular version holds the field drowning out its rivals. The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 serves as an excellent case study through which the process of 'making history' can be observed.'

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Gallipoli

by Peter Hart

Publisher's Description:

'Drawing on unpublished personal accounts by individuals at all levels and from all sides - not only from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, but unusually from Turkey and France too - Peter Hart combines his trademark eye for vivid personal stories with a strong narrative to bring a modern view of this military disaster to a popular audience.'

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Gallipoli

by Peter FitzSimons

Publisher's Description:

'To this day, Turkey regards the victory as a defining moment in its history, a heroic last stand in the defence of the Ottoman Empire. But, counter-intuitively, it would come to signify something perhaps even greater for the defeated allies, in particular the Australians and New Zealanders: the birth of their countries’ sense of nationhood. Now, in the year that marks its centenary, the Gallipoli campaign (commemorated each year on 25 April, Anzac Day), resonates with significance as the origin and symbol of Australian and New Zealand identity.'

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Gallipoli

by L.A. Carlyon

Publisher's Description:

'Gallipoli remains one of the most poignant battlefronts of the First World War and L. A. Carlyon's monumental account of that campaign has been rightfully acclaimed and a massive bestseller in Australia. Brilliantly told, supremely readable and deeply moving, Gallipoli brings this epic tragedy to life and stands as both a landmark chapter in the history of the war and a salutary reminder of all that is fine and all that is foolish in the human condition.'

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Zennor in Darkness

by Helen Dunmore

Publisher's Description: 

'In her prize-winning first novel, Zennor in Darkness, Helen Dunmore reimagines the plight of D.H. Lawrence and his German wife hiding out in Cornwall during the First World War.

Spring, 1917, and war haunts the Cornish coastal village of Zennor: ships are being sunk by U-boats, strangers are treated with suspicion, and newspapers are full of spy stories.'

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Parade's End

by Ford Madox Ford

Publisher's Description:

'Parade's End is the story of Christopher Tietjens and his progress from the secure world of Edwardian England into the First World War and beyond. Tietjens embodies the values of that ordered, predictable, hierarchic society of pre-1914. Contrasted with him and portrayed with equal clarity and depth is his wife Sylvia--beautiful, arrogant, reckless--a symbol of the new times. Their conflict, the chronicle of a family and of an era, makes Parade's End both a gripping study of character and a work of amazing subtlety and depth.'
 

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Good Soldier Svejk

by Jaroslav Hasek

Publisher's Description:

'In The Good Soldier Svejk, celebrated Czech writer and anarchist Jaroslav Hasek combined dazzling wordplay and piercing satire in a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.' 

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Book Review: The Great War

by Aleksandar Gatalica

Centenary News Review: ' Although The Great War is perhaps better suited to readers with a clear interest in the First World War, it is a gripping, confident novel which is both entertaining and surprising. It is fast-paced, full of movement, and compels you to carry on as the narration moves forward, chapter by chapter, through each year of the war.'  

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Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915

by Richard DiNardo

Publisher's Description:

'The Eastern Front in World War I has been neglected for too long. Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915 is the first English-language study of the first of the great breakthrough battles of the war—one of the Great War's critical campaigns.

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Defending Gallipoli: The Turkish Story

by Harvey Broadbent

Publisher's Description:

'Based on exclusive access to Turkish archives, Defending Gallipoli reveals how the Turks reacted and defended Gallipoli. Author and Turkish-language expert Harvey Broadbent spent five years translating everything, from official records to soldiers' personal diaries and letters, to unearth the Turkish story.'

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Book Review - Shell Shocked Britain

by Suzie Grogan

Centenary News Review: 'By the time of the Armistice, the British Army had identified and treated approximately 80,000 young men for shell shock.' That figure is not unknown to us and shell shock is a common image of World War One - the mute, shivering soldier unable to vocalise the horrors he has seen - but Suzie Grogan in Shell Shocked Britain examines shell shock on a much deeper, long term level and argues that war trauma extended past the front lines to the home front and affected not only soldiers, but men, women and children at home.

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A Game in Hell - The Great War in Russia

by John E. Bowlt, Nicoletta Misler & Elena Sudakova

Centenary News Review:  A Game in Hell is a stunning visual record of how Russia saw the First World War. Many of the posters, prints, cartoons and photos are published for the first time. Accompanied by expert commentaries, they are a valuable reminder that Tsarist Russia was among the main players in a war almost banished from history after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

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Silent Night

by Stanley Weintraub

Publisher's Description: 

'Silent Night brings to life one of the most unlikely and touching events in the annals of war. In the early months of WWI, on Christmas Eve, men on both sides left their trenches, laid down their arms, and joined in a spontaneous celebration with their new friends, the enemy. For a brief, blissful time, remembered since in song and story, a world war stopped.'   

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Christmas Truce: The Western Front December 1914

by Malcolm Brown and Shirley Seaton

Publisher's Description:

'Christmas, 1914. The first winter of the First World War. In a conflict infamous for its horror and brutality, enemy shook hands with enemy. Soldiers shared rations, exchanged souvenirs, and even played football on a frost-covered No Man's Land.'

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We Good...We No Shoot: The Christmas Truce at Plugstreet Wood in 1914

by Andrew Hamilton & Alan Reed

Publisher's Description:

To commemorate the centenary of the iconic Christmas Truce of 1914, Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed have extended their work on the 1/ Royal Warwicks’ armistice at St. Yves in Belgium to include another 8 battalions in an in-depth investigation of Christmas in the wider Plugstreet Wood.

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Scars Upon My Heart

by Catherine Reilly

Publisher's Description: 

'This, the first anthology of women war poets for over sixty years, will come as a surprise to many. It shows, for example, that women were writing protest poetry before Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and that the view of 'the women at home', ignorant and idealistic, was quite false.'

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An Ice-Cream War

by William Boyd

Publisher's Description:

'In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly evokes the private dramas of a generation upswept by the winds of war. By turns comic and quietly wise, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by violence, chance, and the irrepressible human capacity for love.'

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Book Review - The End of Innocence

by Allegra Jordan

Centenary News Review: 'Even though the title of the novel veers dangerously close to being a cliche, this is an engaging and compelling novel that I would recommend based solely on the exploration of a subject not often examined: how we memorialise the fallen on both sides of the conflict.'

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The Red Baron

by Wayne Vansant

Publisher's Description:

'In The Red Baron, graphic artist and author Wayne Vansant illustrates the incredible story of Manfred von Richthofen, whose unparalleled piloting prowess as a member of the Imperial German Army Air Service made him a World War I celebrity, both in the air and on the ground.'

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A German Tommy: The Secret of a War Hero

by Ken Anderson

Publisher's Description:

'This is the story of the 'German Tommy', Walter Schwarz told in full for the first time after years of research in Australia and Britain. It reveals why and how others helped the young man from Queensland – an Australian Army deserter – survive in an atmosphere that was poisonous at home and in battle for those of German blood who were, nevertheless, like Schwarz, loyal to king and country. Ken Anderson has gone behind the accepted facts to claim how official documents were altered and members of a secret society lied and swore false testimony to help Schwarz, acting on their oath to help a fellow member in distress.'

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The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War

by Various

Publisher's Description:

'The Great War is a powerful collection of stories by bestselling authors, each inspired by a different object from the First World War.'

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The Fateful Year: England 1914

by Mark Bostridge

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.'

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The Scapegoat: The life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill's role in his death

by Steve R. Dunn

Publisher's Description:

The Scapegoat reveals the full truth for the first time of the Battle of Coronel in November 1914, Britain's worst defeat at sea in more than 100 years. It claimed 1,660 lives including that of the British commander, Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock.

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This Thing of Memory

by David Hynes

Publisher's Description:

This Thing of Memory is a new volume of poems by David Hynes, examining the impact of the First World War; its imprint on our memory and conscience, both personal and collective, and the experience of the centenary commemorations: a unique event for each generation.

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Tip and Run: the untold tragedy of the Great War in Africa

by Edward Paice

Publisher's Description:

A ontroversial and groundbreaking account of the infamous East African campaign during the First World War.

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Aisne 1914: The Dawn of Trench Warfare

by Paul Kendall

Publisher's Description: 

The Battle of the Aisne in September 1914 saw the dawn of trench warfare and a stalemate that would last for the next four years. Wide-ranging archival research by author Paul Kendall makes this the first in-depth study of the battle in print. 

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Mira's Diary: Bombs Over London

by Marissa Moss

Publisher's Description:

'In the third book of this popular time-travel series, Mira navigates her way through World War I-era London, meeting famous suffragists and writers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.'

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Unknown Warriors: The letters of Kate Luard, RRC and Bar

by Kate Luard, Edited by John and Caroline Stevens

Publisher's Description: 

Kate Luard was one of a select number of fully trained military nurses who worked in hospital trains and casualty clearing stations during the First World War, coming as close to the front as a woman could.  Through her letters home she conveyed a vivid and honest portrait of war. In publishing some of these letters in Unknown Warriors her intention was to bear witness to the suffering of the ordinary soldier.

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Book Review - The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin who Brought the World to War

by Tim Butcher

Centenary News Review: "The Trigger is an intelligent, well-written, but above all, fresh account of Gavrilo Princip, and the assassination. It’s highly enjoyable to read, and provides fascinating new insights into a one hundred year old story."

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First World War Poems from the Front

by Paul O'Prey

Publisher's description: "This collection, edited by Professor Paul O’Prey, looks to challenge the notion that all war poetry was of a similar anti-war sentiment, focusing on fifteen poets who all saw active military service and composed poems while they worked, nursed and fought.

Poems from the Front includes ‘November 11th’ by Robert Graves, appearing for the first time as a poem in its own right. A street ballad, it was written in draft to arts patron Edward Marsh in November 1918. Persuaded not to publish it that year, Graves instead released a version in 1969, considering it unprintable until then. "

Centenary News Comment: "O'Prey has collected a multitude of voices to reflect the authentic experience of life on the front line. It is a compelling, emotive and eye-opening anthology."

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The Home Front in the Great War

by David Bilton

Publisher's Description: 'The Great War was the first in our history to have a deep impact on every aspect of civilian life. In an overdue attempt to portray the real effect of the War on life at home, David Bilton examines all the major events of the period and charts their effect on everyday life for those trying to live a normal existence.'

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Her Privates We

by Frederic Manning

Publisher's Description: ' A raw and shockingly honest portrait of men engaged in war, 'that peculiarly human activity', the original edition was subject to 'prunings and excisions' because the bluntness of language was thought to make the book unfit for public distribution. This edition restores them.'

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Some Corner of a Foreign Field: Poetry and Art of the First World War

by Ed. James Bentley

Publisher's Description: 'This anthology combines some of the greatest poetry to have emerged from the 1914-18 conflict with an extraordinary collection of paintings from contemporary artists, mainly sourced from the Imperial War Museum.'

Centenary News Comment: This is a moving anthology that pairs poetry with art of the First World War. Organised thematically, the art pairings perfectly complement the poetry as well as being enlightening in their own right.

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Book Review - Wounded

by Emily Mayhew

Publisher's description: "Painstakingly researched and written with novelistic immediacy, Wounded tells the full story of medical care in the war for the first time. But this is not just a book about the injured men and the medical personnel that treated them: their experience encapsulates what it was like to fight, live and die for four long years at the Western Front. Wounded is an important contribution to our understanding of the First World War."

Centenary News Review: "Wounded by Emily Mayhew is the kind of non-fiction that makes all other non-fiction look bad. It is compelling, thoughtful and well articulated in its exploration of the much overlooked role of the wounded in World War One."

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The Assassination of the Archduke

by Greg King & Sue Woolmans

Publisher's Description: "In The Assassination of the Archduke, Greg King and Sue Woolmans offer readers a vivid account of the lives - and cruel deaths - of Franz Ferdinand and his beloved Sophie. Combining royal biography, romance, and political assassination, the story unfolds against a backdrop of glittering privilege and an Imperial Court consumed with hatred".

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One Morning in Sarajevo

by David James Smith

Publisher's Description: "One Morning In Sarajevo reconstructs the last days of the imperial powers on the brink of the great war. Here is the story of the poor Bosnian students who set out to strike a blow for Serbia and inadvertently started that war. Smith has returned to the original sources and found the few surviving witnesses to those far-off times".

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Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I

by Michael S. Neiberg

Publisher's Description: "In a crucial reexamination of the outbreak of violence, Michael S. Neiberg shows that ordinary Europeans, unlike their political and military leaders, neither wanted nor expected war during the fateful summer of 1914".

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1914: The Year the World Ended

by Paul Ham

Publisher's Description: "In 1914: The Year the World Ended, award-winning historian Paul Ham tells the story of the outbreak of the Great War from German, British, French, Austria-Hungarian, Russian and Serbian perspectives.Along the way, he debunks several stubborn myths".

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Book Review - July Crisis: The World's Descent into War

by Thomas Otte

Publisher's Description: "Otte shows definitively the key to understanding how & why Europe descended into war is to be found in the near-collective failure of statecraft in Europe, not in abstract concepts such as the 'balance of power'".

Centenary News Review: "An outstanding book. Certainly, as measured by the number of bookmarks I made "I didn't know that", "that's interesting", "I must read that again"... it warrants that description".

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Book Review - The Month that Changed the World: July 1914

by Gordon Martel

Publisher's Description: "Martel goes back to the contemporary diplomatic, military, & political records to investigate the twists & turns of the crisis afresh, with the aim of establishing just how the catastrophe really unfurled".

Centenary News Review: "This book is especially good at highlighting the political disarray of the Triple Alliance from the assassinations in Sarajevo to the first few days of August 1914".

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The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations of 1906-14

by David Owen

Publisher's description:

David Owen, a former British Foreign Secretary, argues that the outbreak of war in 1914 was far from inevitable, and instead represented eight years of failed diplomacy. He describes how his predecessor, Edward Grey, agreed within weeks of taking office in December 1905 to open secret talks with the French about sending a British Force in the event of a German attack.

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Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War

by Jerry White

Publisher's description: 

Jerry White’s magnificent panorama reveals a struggling yet flourishing London during the First World War. Despite daily casualty lists, food shortages and enemy bombing, Londoners are determined to get on with their lives and flock to cinemas and theatres, dance halls and shebeens.

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Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew

by Max Egremont

Publisher's description: While the First World War devastated Europe, it inspired profound poetry – words in which the atmosphere and landscape of battle are evoked perhaps more vividly than anywhere else. In Some Desperate Glory, historian and biographer Max Egremont gives us a transfiguring look at their life and work.

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Book Review - Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War

by Taylor Downing

Publisher's description: "Secret Warriors provides an invaluable and fresh history of the First World War, profiling a number of key figures who made great leaps in science for the benefit of 20th Century Britain. Told in a lively narrative style, Secret Warriors reveals the unknown side of the war."

Centenary News Review: "Downing provides a fascinating glimspe into the scientific front of the First World War."

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Book Review - At Break of Day

by Elizabeth Speller

Publisher’s Description: ‘In the summer of 1913, the world seems full of possibility for four very different young men... The generals tell them that victory will soon be theirs but the men are accompanied by regrets, fears and secrets as they move towards the line".

Centenary News Review: "Elizabeth Speller weaves a haunting and moving tale about the tragedy of war as four lives cross on the Somme battlefield".

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La Grande Guerre des Trafiquants: Le front colonial de l'Occident maghrébin

by Francesco Correale

Publisher's Description: A "forgotten" front of the Great War, the southern shore of the Mediterranean has been the setting for a little known story, mostly told from colonial sources: "gun-running" to "dissident" peoples in French-ruled North Africa by Germany and the Ottoman Empire.

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Book Review - Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War in 1914

by Sir Max Hastings

Publisher's Description: "A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that befell Europe in 1914 as the continent shifted from the glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of total war".

Centenary News Review: "Catastrophe is a seminal survey of the events immediately preceding and following the outbreak of the First World War, notable for its presentation of the diplomatic and the military as two acts of the same play." 

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Book Review - No Man’s Land: Writings from a World at War

by Pete Ayrton (Ed.)

Publisher's Description: "Featuring 47 writers from 20 different nations, No Man's Land is a truly international anthology of First World War fiction".

Centenary News Review: "An all-encompassing anthology that features well-known & little-known works from the war. Whilst there are unusual omissions, it is a wide-ranging collection of texts that reflect the various experiences of war".

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All Quiet on the Western Front

by Erich Maria Remarque

Publisher's Description: "In 1914 a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the 'glorious war'. With the fire and patriotism of youth they sign up. What follows is the moving story of a young 'unknown soldier' experiencing the horror and disillusionment of life in the trenches".

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Journey's End

by R.C. Sherriff

Publisher's Description: "Set in the First World War, Journey's End concerns a group of British officers on the front line and opens in a dugout in the trenches in France. Raleigh, a new eighteen-year-old officer fresh out of English public school, joins the besieged company of his friend and cricketing hero Stanhope, and finds him dramatically changed..."

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The First World War

by Hew Strachan

Publisher's Description: "Exploring such theatres as the Balkans, Africa and the Ottoman Empire, Strachan assesses Britain's participation in the light of what became a struggle for the defence of liberalism, and show how the war shaped the 'short' twentieth century that followed it.

Accessible, compelling and utterly convincing, this is modern history writing at its finest".

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Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One

by Kate Adie

Publisher's Description: "This is history at its best - a vivid, compelling account of the pioneering women who helped win the war as well as a revealing assessment of their legacy for women's lives today".

Centenary News Comment: "Through first-hand research Adie unearths some truly enlightening materials".

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The Moon Field

by Judith Allnatt

Publisher’s Description: "A poignant story of love and redemption, The Moon Field explores the loss of innocence through a war that destroys everything except the bonds of human hearts. No man’s land is a place in the heart: pitted, cratered and empty as the moon…"

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The War at Sea: 1914-1918

by Julian Thompson (Centenary News Board Member)

Publisher's Description: "For the first time the British navy went into battle with untried weapon systems, dreadnoughts, submarines, aircraft and airships. Julian Thompson blends insightful narrative with never-before-published stories to show what these men faced and overcame".

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The Great War: 1914-1918

by Peter Hart

Publisher's Description: "In this magnum opus, critically-acclaimed historian Peter Hart examines the conflict in every arena around the world, in a history that combines cutting edge scholarship with vivid and unfamiliar eyewitness accounts, from kings and generals, and ordinary soldiers".

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1914 - Fight the Good Fight

by Allan Mallinson

Publisher's Description: "Mallinson brings his experience as a professional soldier to bear on the individuals, circumstances and events and the result is a vivid, compelling new history of the beginnings of the Great War that speculates – tantalizingly – on what might have been..."

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The Cambridge History of the First World War (Volume I)

by Jay Winter (Editor)

Publisher's Description: "An international team of leading historians chart how a war made possible by globalisation and imperial expansion unfolded into catastrophe, growing year by year in scale and destructive power far beyond what anyone had anticipated in 1914".

To read the full description and a news report about the book's launch, click here.

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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

by Christopher Clark

Publisher's Description: "Drawing on many fresh new sources, this account reveals a Europe very different from the familiar picture, putting Serbia and the Balkans at the centre of the story".

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The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century

by David Reynolds

Publisher's Description: "Critically acclaimed author David Reynolds seeks to redress the balance by exploring the true impact of 1914-18 on the 20th century. Some of the Great War's legacies were negative and pernicious but others proved transformative in a positive sense".

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Great Britain's Great War

by Jeremy Paxman

Publishers Description: "Jeremy Paxman's magnificent history of the First World War tells the entire story of the war in one gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people. We may think we know about it, but what was life really like for the British people during the First World War?"

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The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War

by Margaret MacMillan

Publisher's Description: "MacMillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions and the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe to disaster".

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1913: The World Before the Great War

by Charles Emmerson

Publisher's Description: "Told through the stories of twenty-three cities – Europe’s capitals at the height of their global reach, the emerging metropolises of America, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, the boomtowns of Australia and the Americas – Charles Emmerson presents a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, from St Petersburg to Shanghai and from Los Angeles to Jerusalem".

To read the full description and to watch an interview with Charles Emmerson, click here.

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Birdsong

by Sebastian Faulks

Publisher's Description: "Set mostly in France spanning the years before and during the First World War, it captures the drama and destruction of that era as it tells the story of Stephen, a young Englishman who is impelled through a series of extreme experiences, from a traumatic clandestine love affair which rips apart the bourgeois French family he lives with, through grim insanity of the Great War".

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Book Review - Wake

by Anna Hope

Publisher’s Description: “Five Days in November, 1920: As the body of the Unknown Soldier makes its way home from the fields of Northern France, three women are dealing with loss in their own way..."

Centenary News Review: "For a debut novel, Wake is absolutely stunning. Anna Hope has taken the lives of three women, each torn apart by war and grieving for their lost ones, and weaved a delicate tale".

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Book Review - The Lie

by Helen Dunmore

Publisher’s Description: “Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss by one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers".

Centenary News Review: "Every so often a book comes along that completely knocks you for six. Usually it has everything: compelling plot, authentic characters and lyrical prose. Helen Dunmore’s The Lie is one of those books".

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The Children's War

by Rosie Kennedy

Publisher’s Description: “The study of children's lives provides a unique perspective on British society during the First World War. It lets us get to the very essence of how Britain's adults perceived the war and allows us to explore the methods society used to communicate with itself". 

Centenary News Comment: "The Children’s War is a fascinating investigation into an overlooked generation. Carefully researched and compiled, this is an excellent source of materials for anyone studying World War One".

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!

by Richard Ned Lebow

Publisher's Description: "In Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!,  acclaimed political psychologist Richard Ned Lebow examines the chain of events that led to war and what could reasonably have been done differently to avoid it. ".

Centenary News Comment: "This is an interesting and well researched counter-factual study which asks us to imagine a world without World War One".

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Silent Fields

by Bart Heirweg

Publisher's Description: "An original photo book with a unique angle of incidence. The book consists of about 150 photographs of military cemeteries and war sites"

Centenary News Comment: "This is a stunning collection of photographs of World War One memorial sites. The photographs taken at dawn are not to be missed".

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