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Richard Holmes - Author

About the Author

Richard Holmes, one of Britain's best-known military historians (and President of the British Commission of Military History), has selected over 200 photographs taken for the most part by officers and men rather than by official photographers – mostly unfamiliar ones located in archive collections, regimental museums and private sources. There will also be specially taken photographs by Mike Sheil, one of the best battlefield photographers working today.

The book will deal with the whole of the British Army's experience of the First World War – Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, and so on – and not just on the Western Front. The photographs will be grouped thematically as extended picture essays; topics include the pre-war army and mobilisation of 1914; the contribution made by nurses; medical treatment and the wounded; infantrymen and their weapons; the campaign in Mesopotamia, etc…

Like 'Tommy', the book is about people rather than things, about the human experience of war rather than its strategy or tactics, and at least as much about the everyday or commonplace – a latrine here or a plate of bully beef there – as about the lofty or portentous. It shows us the dirt beneath the fingernails of history.

Featured books by Richard Holmes

Other books by Richard Holmes

Falling Upwards Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture the Aeronauts

Falling Upwards Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture the Aeronauts

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING FELICITY JONES AND EDDIE REDMAYNE A GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A NEW STATESMAN BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A DAILY TELEGRAPH BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A NEW REPUBLIC BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A TIME MAGAZINE TOP 10 NONFICTION BOOK OF 2013 From ambitious scientists rising above the clouds to analyse the air to war generals floating across enemy lines, Richard Holmes takes to the air in this heart-lifting history of pioneer balloonists. Falling Upwards asks why they risked their lives, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet. The stories range from early ballooning rivals to the long-distance voyages of American entrepreneurs; from the legendary balloon escape from the Prussian siege of Paris to dauntless James Glaisher, who in the 1860s flew seven miles above the earth - without oxygen. Falling Upwards has inspired the Major Motion Picture The Aeronauts - in cinemas SOON.

Falling Upwards Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture the Aeronauts

Falling Upwards Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture the Aeronauts

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING EDDIE REDMAYNE AND FELICITY JONES A GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A NEW STATESMAN BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A DAILY TELEGRAPH BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A NEW REPUBLIC BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A TIME MAGAZINE TOP 10 NONFICTION From ambitious scientists rising above the clouds to analyse the air to war generals floating across enemy lines, Richard Holmes takes to the air in this heart-lifting history of pioneer balloonists. Falling Upwards asks why they risked their lives, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet. The stories range from early ballooning rivals to the long-distance voyages of American entrepreneurs; from the legendary balloon escape from the Prussian siege of Paris to dauntless James Glaisher, who in the 1860s flew seven miles above the earth - without oxygen. Falling Upwards has inspired the Major Motion Picture The Aeronauts - in cinemas SOON. In a glorious fusion of history, art, science and biography, this is a book about what balloons give rise to: the spirit of discovery, and the brilliant humanity of recklessness, vision and hope.

The Napoleonic Wars

The Napoleonic Wars

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

This outstandingly vivid and accessible book, written by one of Britain's leading historians, provides the essential overview of Napoleon's career. Beginning in revolutionary France with a brilliant young Lieutenant who still styled himself Napoleone di Buonaparte, Holmes examines every facet of his subject's military career: his astonishing victories at the Battle of the Pyramids, Marengo, Jena and Austerlitz, through to defeat and exile under the immense weight of the great powers who were determined to stop the man who would be emperor of Europe.

The Napoleonic Wars

The Napoleonic Wars

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2019

Published to mark the 250th anniversary of Napoleon's birth. Holmes relives Napoleon's life and times in this extraordinary period by examining letters, military maps, reports, proclamations, ship's logs and coded messages, which were previously filed away or exhibited in archives in Europe. Napoleon was a charismatic and astute military leader who built an empire in a series of astounding campaigns from 1796 to 1812, in which he won many of the most famous battles of all time - the Pyramids, Marengo, Austerlitz, Jena, Wagram and Borodino. At the height of his powers he had transformed France's administrative, educational and legal systems, and most of the continent of Europe was under his control, from Portugal to Moscow. He was eventually brought down by the combined forces of many nations, but his influence on the times was so great that he has come to define a period in history.

D-Day Remembered From the Invasion to the Liberation of Paris

D-Day Remembered From the Invasion to the Liberation of Paris

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2019

D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history, took place on 6 June 1944. The subsequent battle of Normandy involved over a million men, and helped seal the fate of The Third Reich. This is a graphic account of the planning and execution of Operation Overlord, as well as the campaign which effectively destroyed the German forces in France, opening the way for the Allied advance. Including a wealth of superb photographs and maps, the book also contains 30 facsimile items of rare memorabilia, including diaries, letters and memos, bringing this 'Day of Days' dramatically to life.

This Long Pursuit Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

This Long Pursuit Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

`A masterly performance by the greatest literary biographer of his generation' Oldie In this kaleidoscope of stories spanning art, science and poetry, award-winning writer Richard Holmes travels across three centuries, through much of Europe and into the lively company of many earlier biographers. Central to this pursuit is a powerful evocation of the lives of women both scientific and literary, some well-known and others almost lost: Margaret Cavendish, Mary Somerville, Germaine de Stael, Mary Wollstonecraft and Zelide. He investigates the love-stunned John Keats, the waterlogged Percy Bysshe Shelley, the chocolate-box painter Thomas Lawrence, the opium-soaked genius Coleridge, and the mad-visionary bard William Blake. The diversity of Holmes's material is testimony to his empathy, erudition and at times his mischievous streak. This is his most personal and seductive writing yet.

Huellas

Huellas

Author: Richard Holmes Format: eBook Release Date: 30/11/2016

Richard Holmes supo que se habia convertido en biografo cuando le devolvieron un cheque: sin darse cuenta, lo habia fechado en 1772. Es que son muchos anos dedicado a seguir los pasos de los protagonistas de sus libros, viajando en el tiempo y en el espacio. En estas paginas, recorre las Cevenas francesas siguiendo los "e;Viaje con una burra"e; de Stevenson. Viaja a Paris en pleno mayo del 68 y descubre alli las aventuras revolucionarias y sentimentales de Mary Wollstonecraft, la pionera del feminismo. Se asoma a los acantilados italianos que despidieron a Shelley el dia en que se ahogo y visita las casas que aun acogen el espiritu de Lord Byron. Vuelve a Paris decidido a desentranar el tristisimo misterio de la vida y la muerte de Gerard de Nerval. Y mezcla en cada pagina la literatura con el romanticismo, el amor, los fantasmas, la aventura... Sera su vida o sera la vida de ellos la que esta contando?

This Long Pursuit

This Long Pursuit

Author: Richard Holmes Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2016

'A masterly performance by the greatest literary biographer of his generation' OldieIn this kaleidoscope of stories spanning art, science and poetry, award-winning writer Richard Holmes travels across three centuries, through much of Europe and into the lively company of many earlier biographers. Central to this pursuit is a powerful evocation of the lives of women both scientific and literary, some well-known and others almost lost: Margaret Cavendish, Mary Somerville, Germaine de StaEl, Mary Wollstonecraft and Zelide. He investigates the love-stunned John Keats, the waterlogged Percy Bysshe Shelley, the chocolate-box painter Thomas Lawrence, the opium-soaked genius Coleridge, and the mad-visionary bard William Blake. The diversity of Holmes's material is testimony to his empathy, erudition and at times his mischievous streak. This is his most personal and seductive writing yet.

La edad de los prodigios

La edad de los prodigios

Author: Richard Holmes Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

La cronica torrencial y apasionada de una epoca en que los poetas miraban a las estrellas y los cientificos sonaban con cambiar el mundo. Una epoca de descubrimientos asombrosos, viajes iniciaticos a paises remotos, literatura de monstruos y cielos cargados de promesas. Un libro de ciencias para el lector "e;de letras"e;, y al contrario. Ganador del National Books Critics Circle Award y del premio de la Royal Society al mejor libro de divulgacin; finalista del premio Samuel Johnson de la BBC; uno de los mejores libros del ao segn las listas de The New York Times y de Amazon.com

Falling Upwards How We Took to the Air

Falling Upwards How We Took to the Air

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

'Nominally a history of the hot air balloon, 'Falling Upwards' is really a history of hope and fantasy - and the quixotic characters who disobeyed that most fundamental laws of physics and gave humans flight' New Republic, Best Books of 2013 CHOSEN AS BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR IN ** Guardian ** New Statesman ** Daily Telegraph ** New Republic ** TIME Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013 ** The New Republic Best Books of 2013 ** Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)** From ambitious scientists rising above the clouds to test the air, to brave generals floating over enemy lines to watch troop movements, this wonderful book offers a seamless fusion of history, art, science, biography and the metaphysics of flight. It is a masterly portrait of human endeavour, recklessness, vision and hope. In this heart-lifting book, Richard Holmes, author of the best-selling The Age of Wonder, follows the daring and enigmatic men and women who risked their lives to take to the air (or fall into the sky). Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet is a compelling adventure that only Holmes could tell. It is not a conventional history of ballooning. In a sense it is not really about balloons at all. It is about what balloons gave rise to. It is about the spirit of discovery itself and the extraordinary human drama it produces. From the dramatic and exhilarating early Anglo-French balloon rivalries, the crazy firework flights of the beautiful Sophie Blanchard, the long-distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise and French photographer Felix Nadar to the balloons used to observe the horrors of modern battle during the Civil War (including a flight taken by George Armstrong Custer); the legendary tale of at least sixty-seven manned balloons that escaped from Paris (the first successful civilian airlift in history) during the Prussian siege of 1870-71; the high-altitude exploits of James Glaisher who rose seven miles above the earth without oxygen, helping to establish the new science of meteorology; and how Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jules Verne felt the imaginative impact of flight and allowed it to soar in their work.

The First World War in Photographs

The First World War in Photographs

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2014

It was the war to end all wars, a conflict without precedent in which millions died and millions more were injured. It was also one of the first wars from which we have a comprehensive photographic record. This book presents the conflict in all its appalling and intensely moving detail - covering all the great battles and theatres of operations, from the mud of Flanders to the beaches of Gallipoli. The photographs capture the patriotism and innocence of the men and women who volunteered for their countries, the reality of trench warfare on the Western Front, the sea battles in oceans around the globe, the terror of gas and mechanized weaponry, and the ultimate sacrifice of a generation.

James Arbuckle Selected Works

James Arbuckle Selected Works

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/11/2013

James Arbuckle (c.1700-1742), poet and essayist, was born in Belfast to a Presbyterian merchant family of Scottish origin and educated at Glasgow University (1717-1723). In Glasgow, his poetry, influenced by Pope and the Latin classics, won praise from leading members of Scotland's literary and political establishment, including Allan Ramsay. In 1723 he moved to Dublin, producing under the name Hibernicus Ireland's first literary journal, in collaboration with a group of young Whig intellectuals forming the Molesworth circle . He aimed at first to avoid politics, but in the highly politicized Dublin of Dean Swift that proved impossible. He was satirized by members of Swift's circle and responded with the ironic Panegyric on the Rev Dean Swift. His later work, especially The Tribune, developed a radical and anticlerical critique of contemporary Ireland, in which Swift was represented more as Church Tory than Irish patriot. Arbuckle was well-known in his day, but his work has not been published since the end of the eighteenth century. He has often been discussed in modern scholarly work across a range of disciplines: on Swift and Pope; Scottish poetry and especially Allan Ramsay; Francis Hutcheson and the early Scottish Enlightenment; the background to the United Irishmen of 1798; the history of Irish presbyterians. Arbuckle himself has not been the focus of detailed scholarly inquiry until now. This edition presents an annotated selection of Arbuckle's work in poetry and prose. It begins with a substantial introduction dealing with his biography and political and literary context. It is then divided into three parts. The first, on his Scottish period, includes the annotated texts of his two principal poems, Snuff and Glotta. The second presents a selection of the Hibernicus essays, grouped by four themes: literary (which will include a selection of his Horace translations); philosophical (responding principally to Francis Hutcheson); political (placing him in the contemporary varieties of Whiggism, and especially the dispute between Walpole and Opposition Whigs); religious (the focus here is on his writing on toleration). The final section deals with his response to Swift's Irish writing, as demonstrated in selected essays from The Tribune and in A Panegyric.

The Romantic Poets and their Circle

The Romantic Poets and their Circle

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2013

The ideal of the `inspired' artist owes its origin to the figures of the Romantic period, who revolutionised English art and literature. In this book, Richard Holmes explores the portraits and lives of such key poets as Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats, and assesses the impact of their work on contemporary culture and society.

The Chartulary of St John of Pontefract 2 Volume Set From the Original Document in the Possession of Godfrey Wentworth, Esq., of Woolley Park

The Chartulary of St John of Pontefract 2 Volume Set From the Original Document in the Possession of Godfrey Wentworth, Esq., of Woolley Park

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 18/04/2013

The prosperous Cluniac priory of St John the Evangelist, Pontefract, was founded around 1090 by Robert de Lacy, remaining subject to its mother-house of La Charite-sur-Loire until the fourteenth century. The charters in this two-volume work have been arranged by type: seigniorial charters; episcopal and papal charters; royal charters; and those relating to priory property, arranged geographically according to proximity to Pontefract. The chartulary is particularly valuable for topographical studies and local and family history - in many cases the names of all witnesses have been transcribed. The manuscript was originally compiled in the first half of the thirteenth century, with additions made on blank leaves over the following centuries (not included by the editor). Volume 1 (1899) includes an introduction on the history of the priory. Volume 2 (1902) includes charters on local property holdings and leases, and an index to the whole work. Each Latin charter is preceded by a brief English summary.

The Chartulary of St John of Pontefract From the Original Document in the Possession of Godfrey Wentworth, Esq., of Woolley Park

The Chartulary of St John of Pontefract From the Original Document in the Possession of Godfrey Wentworth, Esq., of Woolley Park

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2013

The prosperous Cluniac priory of St John the Evangelist, Pontefract, was founded around 1090 by Robert de Lacy, remaining subject to its mother-house of La Charite-sur-Loire until the fourteenth century. The charters in this two-volume work have been arranged by type: seigniorial charters; episcopal and papal charters; royal charters; and those relating to priory property, arranged geographically according to proximity to Pontefract. The chartulary is particularly valuable for topographical studies and local and family history - in many cases the names of all witnesses have been transcribed. The manuscript was originally compiled in the first half of the thirteenth century, with additions made on blank leaves over the following centuries (not included by the editor). Volume 2, published in 1902, contains charters 234-556, on local property holdings and leases, and an index to the whole work. Each Latin charter is preceded by a brief English summary.

The Chartulary of St John of Pontefract From the Original Document in the Possession of Godfrey Wentworth, Esq., of Woolley Park

The Chartulary of St John of Pontefract From the Original Document in the Possession of Godfrey Wentworth, Esq., of Woolley Park

Author: Richard Holmes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2013

The prosperous Cluniac priory of St John the Evangelist, Pontefract, was founded around 1090 by Robert de Lacy, remaining subject to its mother-house of La Charite-sur-Loire until the fourteenth century. The charters in this two-volume work have been arranged by type: seigniorial charters; episcopal and papal charters; royal charters; and those relating to priory property, arranged geographically according to proximity to Pontefract. The chartulary is particularly valuable for topographical studies and local and family history - in many cases the names of all witnesses have been transcribed. The manuscript was originally compiled in the first half of the thirteenth century, with additions made on blank leaves over the following centuries (not included by the editor). Volume 1, published in 1899, comprises the first 45 folios, containing 233 charters, and an introduction on the history of the priory and the de Lacy family. Each Latin charter is preceded by a brief English summary.