Great-Uncle Harry: A Tale of War and Empire (Paperback)
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Great-Uncle Harry: A Tale of War and Empire (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 09/05/2024
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Recounted with all of Michael Palin's customary storytelling verve, this moving and immersive volume combines biography, memoir, travelogue and history to create a rounded picture of the author's eponymous great uncle who perished at the Battle of the Somme aged just 32.

From the time, many years ago, when Michael Palin first heard that his grandfather had a brother, Harry, he was determined to find out more about him.

The quest that followed involved hundreds of hours of painstaking detective work. Michael dug out every bit of family gossip and correspondence he could. He studied every relevant official document. He tracked down what remained of his great-uncle Harry's diaries and letters, and pored over photographs of First World War battle scenes to see whether Harry appeared in any of them. He walked the route Harry took on that fatal, final day of his life amid the mud of northern France. And as he did so, a life that had previously existed in the shadows was revealed to him.

Great-Uncle Harry is an utterly compelling account of an ordinary man who led an extraordinary life. A blend of biography, history, travelogue and personal memoir this is Michael Palin at his very finest.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781804940655
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 22 mm


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Palin has packed in an astonishing amount of detective work here, digging through work records, photographs and different people’s diaries. Harry might have been what his great nephew calls “a very small fish in a very big war”, but with this book he has finally been given a voice. An important historical record and a well-paced story in its own right, Great-Uncle Harry is also much more than that: a tremendous act of love. - Guardian

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“Engrossing, enjoyable and supremely readable”

I loved this book.

It is as much about Harry Palin, his life, experiences and his part in the war, as about the authors’ search for the history and motivations around his uncle.

The book is brilliantly... More

Hardback edition
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“A wonderful piece of writing”

I confess straight away I'm a big fan of Michael Palin's writing, and this book was another treat. He is painstaking in his research of his great uncle Harry, both in terms of his early life which shaped... More

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