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The Great War: A Nation's Story (Paperback)
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The Great War: A Nation's Story (Paperback)

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Paperback 544 Pages / Published: 21/05/2015
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During the First World War three quarters of a million British people died - a figure so huge that it feels impossible to give it a human context. Consequently we struggle to truly grasp the impact this devastating conflict must have had on people's day-to-day lives. We resort to looking at the war from a distance, viewing its events in terms of their political or military significance. The Great War: The People's Story is different. Like the all-star ITV series it accompanies, it immerses the reader in the everyday experiences of real people who lived through the war. Using letters, diaries, and memoirs - many of which have never previously been published - Isobel Charman has painstakingly reconstructed the lives of people such as separated newly-weds Alan and Dorothy Lloyd, plucky enlisted factory-worker Reg Evans and proudly independent suffragist Kate Parry Frye. A century on, they here tell their stories in their own words, offering a uniquely personal account of the conflict. 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.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099591252
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 428 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Deeply moving, fascinating and powerful." * Sunday Mirror *
"A handful of people dominate this wonderful book. They are not special or famous but their stories will haunt you for a very long time... Charman's great achievement is to let the people who lived through all this speak for themselves. You will be torn between admiration, pity and anger." * The Herald *
"This tome lets those who lived through these terrible times tell you how it really was in their own words. From the gung-ho to the fearful, the petty to the practical, the sorrows and the shocks, the pitiful, the heroic, the angry... they put it all down on paper in a way that lets you gauge whether you could have lived through the terror - and be in awe of those who did." * Sunday Sport *
"This is a deeply sobering, essential read." * Bookbag *

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