Stunning and unputdownable. For me, this is the best book I’ve read in a long, long while and I did so in a single sitting. Although, Michael Morpurgo is one of the UK’s best known children’s authors he has that cross-over appeal to the adult market and if you have yet to be introduced to his writing then Private Peaceful is the one to do it with. Morpurgo’s skill at getting you caught up in the world in which he writes is truly outstanding. No one does it better. It’s a story that will make your heart ache as much for the sadness as for the joy. I could go on about it but I won’t. What I can guarantee is that whatever your age you will find it blindingly brilliant and you will reflect on it for some time afterwards too.
Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of his family and his village life by no means as tranquil as it appeared. Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, and leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is both a compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War.
'Full of warmth as well as grief, conveying vividly how precious it is to be alive.' Sunday Times
'Written from the heart.' Observer
'A deeply moving portrayal of camaraderie and courage, innocence and brutality. Deserves to last as an insight into the First World War in the same way as Goodnight Mr Tom.' Telegraph
'A poignant, elegiac novel.' Daily Mail
Publication date: 05/06/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||5th June 2006|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
Michael Morpurgo has written over 90 books and has an unparalleled reputation in the world of children's books. His books have been adapted for the cinema, TV and theatre and he has won numerous awards including Children's Book Award, Whitbred Children's Book Award and the Smarties Prize. Michael Morpurgo is, in his own words, "oldish, married with three children, and a grandfather six times over." After schools in London, Sussex and Canterbury (one of which was horrible enough to inspire him to describe it obliquely in The Butterfly Lion), he went on to London University to study English and French, followed ...More About Michael Morpurgo