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The Shadow of War

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The beginning of an ambitious series with a book for each of the four years of World War I so we start just before the outbreak and go into the trenches and on into the now famous Christmas Day football game. We all know how tragic this period was. Here it is presented to us through a huge canvas of characters from all walks of life with the political scene running alongside the family stories. No doubt we will follow the same families throughout the series so get to know them now. It is not the most riveting of reads but a fascinating portrait of the period which I am sure will build to be thrilling. If you are reading electronically beware there are a good seventy pages of glossary once the tale is finished.

If you like Stewart Binns you might also like to read books by James Wilde and David Gilman.

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The Shadow of War by Stewart Binns

The Shadow of War is the first novel in Stewart Binns' new series which will see a book release for each year of the First World War. June 1914: the beginning of another long, prosperous summer for Britain. But beneath the clear skies, all is not as it seems - the chill wind of social discontent swirls around this sceptred isle. Shots ring out in a distant European land - the assassination of a foreign aristocrat. From that moment the entire world is propelled into a conflict unlike any seen before. This is the story of five British communities, their circumstances very different, but who will all share in the tragedy that is to come. All that they have known will be changed forever by the catastrophic events of the Great War. This is a story of love and comradeship, of hatred and tragedy - this is the story of the Great War. The Shadow of War, the first novel in The Great War series from Stewart Binns, is a thrilling read and perfect for those who enjoy the writing of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell. Praise for Stewart Binns: A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction ...this is storytelling at its best . (Daily Mail). Stewart Binns has produced a real page-turner, a truly stunning adventure story . (Alastair Campbell). Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic. He then pursued several adventures, including a stint at the BBC, before settling into a career as a schoolteacher, specializing in history. Later in life a lucky break took him back to the BBC, which was the beginning of a successful career in television. He has won a BAFTA, a Grierson, an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries. Stewart's passion is English history especially its origins and folklore. His previous Making of England series: Crusade, Conquest, Anarchy and Lionheart, were published to great acclaim.

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A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction ... this is storytelling at its best - Daily Mail

Stewart Binns has produced a real page-turner, a truly stunning adventure story -- Alastair Campbell


About the Author

Stewart Binns

Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic. He then pursued several adventures, including a stint at the BBC, before settling into a career as a schoolteacher, specializing in history. Later in life, a lucky break took him back to the BBC, which was the beginning of a successful career in television. He has won a BAFTA, a Grierson, an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries. Stewart's passion is English history, especially its origins and folklore. His previous novels Conquest, Crusade and Anarchy published to great acclaim.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Stewart Binns

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Hardback

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Historical Fiction
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9780718179977

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