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David Crane - Author

About the Author

David Crane's first book, 'Lord Byron's Jackal' was published to great acclaim in 1998, and his second, 'The Kindness of Sisters' published in 2002, is a groundbreaking work of romantic biography. In 2005 the highly acclaimed 'Scott of the Antarctic' was published, followed by 'Men of War', a collection of 19th Century naval biographies, in 2009. His 'Empires of the Dead' was shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in north-west Scotland.

Featured books by David Crane

Witnessing Waterloo 12 Hours, 48 Lives, A World Forever Changed

Witnessing Waterloo 12 Hours, 48 Lives, A World Forever Changed

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

[Previously published as 'Went The Day Well'] 'Of all the books marking the bicentenary Waterloo, this has to be the best' Spectator 'A book to die for' Evening Standard From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, this is a breathtaking portrait of the Britain that fought the battle of Waterloo. As Wellington's rain-sodden army retreated towards an obscure valley called Waterloo, the men and women of Britain were still going to the theatre and science lectures, working in the fields and the factories, reading and writing books and sermons, painting their pictures and sitting in front of Lord Elgin's marbles. David Crane's stunning freeze-frame of Britain on this day of momentous change shifts hour by hour between Britain and Belgium. The Britain that fought Waterloo - its radicals and patriots, artisans and aristocrats, prisoners and poets - appears through the smoke of battle and the mythology of Waterloo in this magnificent and original tracing of the endless, overlapping connections between people's lives.

Went the Day Well Witnessing Waterloo

Went the Day Well Witnessing Waterloo

Author: David Crane Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2015

A sweeping political, social, military and cultural overview of the United Kingdom on the eve, and then the day, of the greatest battle fought by British arms. Midnight, Sunday, 17 June 1815. There was no town in England that had not sent its soldiers, hardly a household that was not holding its breath, not a family, as Byron put it, that would escape 'havoc's tender mercies' at Waterloo, and yet at the same time life inevitably went on as normal. As Wellington's rain-sodden army retreated for the final, decisive battle, men and women in England were still going to the theatre and science lectures, still working in the fields and the factories, still reading and writing books and sermons, still painting their pictures and sitting in front of Lord Elgin's marbles as if almost five thousand did not already lie dead. After ten hours of savage fighting, Waterloo would be littered with the bodies of something like 47,000 dead and wounded. Meanwhile, as the day unfolded, a whole nation, countryside and town, artisan and aristocrat, was brought together by war. From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, Went the Day Well is a breathtaking portrait of Britain in those moments. Moving from England to the battle and back again this vivid, stunning freeze-frame of a country on the single most celebrated day in its modern history shows Crane's full range in tracing the endless, overlapping connections between people's lives. From private tragedies, disappointed political hopes, and public discontents to grandiloquent public celebrations and monuments, it answers Wellington's call as he rallied his troops to 'Think what England is thinking of us now'.

Other books by David Crane

Witnessing Waterloo 12 Hours, 48 Lives, A World Forever Changed

Witnessing Waterloo 12 Hours, 48 Lives, A World Forever Changed

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

[Previously published as 'Went The Day Well'] 'Of all the books marking the bicentenary Waterloo, this has to be the best' Spectator 'A book to die for' Evening Standard From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, this is a breathtaking portrait of the Britain that fought the battle of Waterloo. As Wellington's rain-sodden army retreated towards an obscure valley called Waterloo, the men and women of Britain were still going to the theatre and science lectures, working in the fields and the factories, reading and writing books and sermons, painting their pictures and sitting in front of Lord Elgin's marbles. David Crane's stunning freeze-frame of Britain on this day of momentous change shifts hour by hour between Britain and Belgium. The Britain that fought Waterloo - its radicals and patriots, artisans and aristocrats, prisoners and poets - appears through the smoke of battle and the mythology of Waterloo in this magnificent and original tracing of the endless, overlapping connections between people's lives.

Price of Life

Price of Life

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2015

Went the Day Well Witnessing Waterloo

Went the Day Well Witnessing Waterloo

Author: David Crane Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2015

A sweeping political, social, military and cultural overview of the United Kingdom on the eve, and then the day, of the greatest battle fought by British arms. Midnight, Sunday, 17 June 1815. There was no town in England that had not sent its soldiers, hardly a household that was not holding its breath, not a family, as Byron put it, that would escape 'havoc's tender mercies' at Waterloo, and yet at the same time life inevitably went on as normal. As Wellington's rain-sodden army retreated for the final, decisive battle, men and women in England were still going to the theatre and science lectures, still working in the fields and the factories, still reading and writing books and sermons, still painting their pictures and sitting in front of Lord Elgin's marbles as if almost five thousand did not already lie dead. After ten hours of savage fighting, Waterloo would be littered with the bodies of something like 47,000 dead and wounded. Meanwhile, as the day unfolded, a whole nation, countryside and town, artisan and aristocrat, was brought together by war. From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, Went the Day Well is a breathtaking portrait of Britain in those moments. Moving from England to the battle and back again this vivid, stunning freeze-frame of a country on the single most celebrated day in its modern history shows Crane's full range in tracing the endless, overlapping connections between people's lives. From private tragedies, disappointed political hopes, and public discontents to grandiloquent public celebrations and monuments, it answers Wellington's call as he rallied his troops to 'Think what England is thinking of us now'.

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

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

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction; the extraordinary and forgotten story behind the building of the First World War cemeteries. 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. Behind these famous monuments - the Cenotaph, Tyne Cot, Menin Gate, Etaples amongst them - lies a deeply moving story; `Empires of the Dead' chronicles a generation coming to terms with grief on a colossal scale.

Planet of Men Book 2 of Enigma

Planet of Men Book 2 of Enigma

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2012

Planet of Gods Book 1 of Enigma

Planet of Gods Book 1 of Enigma

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2012

Scott of the Antarctic The Definitive Biography

Scott of the Antarctic The Definitive Biography

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

David Crane has given us a magisterial portrait of one of Britain's greatest heroes and explorers, acclaimed as the `masterpiece' on the subject. Reissued for the 100th anniversary of Scott's doomed expedition. `It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more...For God's sake look after our people.' These were the final words written in Scott's diary on 29 March 1912, as he lay dying of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold, in his tent on his return journey from the South Pole. Since then he has been the subject of many books. Yet in all the pages that have been written about him, the personality behind the legend has been forgotten or distorted beyond all recognition. David Crane's magisterial biography redresses this completely. By reassessing Scott's life and his substantial scientific achievements, Crane is able to provide a fresh and exciting perspective on both the Discovery expedition of 1901-4 and the Terra Nova expedition of 1910-12. The courage and tragedy of Scott's last journey are only one part of the process, for the scientific enquiry that led up to it transformed the whole nature and ambition of Antarctic exploration. Written with the full support of Scott's surviving relatives, and with access to the voluminous diaries and records of key participants, this definitive biography sets out to reconcile the very private struggles of the man with the very public life of extremes that he led.

Enigma Planet of Gods

Enigma Planet of Gods

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2011

Man of Risk The Adventures of Eugene Vidocq

Man of Risk The Adventures of Eugene Vidocq

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2011

Personals

Personals

Author: David Crane, Seth Friedman, Marta Kauffman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2011

Musical revue Words by David Crane, Seth Friedman and Marta Kauffman. Music by William Dreskin, Joel Philip Friedman, Seth Friedman, Alan Menken, Steven Schwartz and Michael Skloff. Characters: 3 male, 3 female Unit set. This is a wonderful collection of songs about people who place lonely hearts ads: lonely people looking for that certain someone. In other words: Personals is about Most of Us, about the unending search for love in the Post Me Decade. Are you looking for that special' night where everything is going to be peachy, and you are going to meet the swellest little show of your dreams?...Personals is a winner, destined to find, apart from anything else, its own special place on the singles scene, the date show for the young in heart, the Jacques Brel of the '80s. -- N.Y. Post.

Become as One People

Become as One People

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2010

Escape from Reality

Escape from Reality

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2010

Cold Fire

Cold Fire

Author: David Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2008

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