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A Broken World Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War by Sebastian Faulks
  

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Many of the writings included in this anthology have never been published before, war memories culled from letters, diaries and memoirs reflecting the extremes as experienced by those who fought and were left behind. Not restricted to the trenches, A Broken World reflects all arenas of the war, land, sea and air. ~ Sue Baker

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A Broken World Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War by Sebastian Faulks

This title is edited by the bestselling author of Birdsong and Dr Hope Wolf, this is an original and illuminating non-fiction anthology of writing on the First World War. A lieutenant writes of digging through bodies that have the consistency of Camembert cheese; a mother sends flower seeds to her son at the Front, hoping that one day someone may see them grow; a nurse tends a man back to health knowing he will be court-martialled and shot as soon as he is fit. In this extraordinarily powerful and diverse selection of diaries, letters and memories, the testament from ordinary people whose lives were transformed are set alongside extracts from names that have become synonymous with the war, such as Siegfried Sassoon and T E Lawrence. A Broken World is an original collection of personal and defining moments that offer an unprecedented insight into the Great War as it was experienced and as it was remembered.


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'the pleasure of the book is in the straightforward human responses ... simplicity scores higher than writerly rhetoric' -- Libby Purves The Times

'The First World War anthology for our time' Evening Standard

'The selections have extraordinary literary power...they speak with distinctive voices, which echo in the mind' -- Charles Moore Daily Telegraph

'As you would expect from [...] Sebastian Faulks, the selections have extraordinary literary power ... they speak with distinctive voices, which echo in the mind.' -- Charles Moore Daily Telegraph

'A marvellous collection' Independent

About the Author

Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks was born and brought up in Newbury, Berkshire. He worked in journalism before starting to write books. He is best known for the French trilogy, The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997) and is also the author of a triple biography, The Fatal Englishman (1996); a small book of literary parodies, Pistache (2006); and the novels Human Traces (2005) and Engleby (2007). He lives in London with his wife and their three children. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1993 and appointed CBE for services to literature in 2002. He lives in London with his wife and their three children.

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Publication date

5th November 2015

Author

Sebastian Faulks

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

History
Biography / Autobiography
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True war & combat stories
First World War
General & world history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780099597797

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