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Now All Roads Lead to France : The Last Years of Edward Thomas by Matthew Hollis

Now All Roads Lead to France : The Last Years of Edward Thomas

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Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2011.

Edward Thomas was perhaps the most beguiling and influential of First World War poets. This title gives an account of his final five years, centred on his extraordinary friendship with Robert Frost and Thomas' fatal decision to fight in the war. It culminates in Thomas' tragic death on Easter Monday 1917.


Now All Roads Lead to France : The Last Years of Edward Thomas by Matthew Hollis

This book also evokes an astonishingly creative moment in English literature, when London was a battleground for new, ambitious kinds of writing. A generation that included W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost and Rupert Brooke were 'making it new' - vehemently and pugnaciously. These larger-than-life characters surround a central figure, tormented by his work and his marriage. But as his friendship with Frost blossomed, Thomas wrote poem after poem, and his emotional affliction began to lift. In 1914 the two friends formed the ideas that would produce some of the most remarkable verse of the twentieth century. But the War put an ocean between them: Frost returned to the safety of New England while Thomas stayed to fight for the Old. It is these roads taken - and those not taken - that are at the heart of this remarkable book, which culminates in Thomas' tragic death on Easter Monday 1917.

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Matthew Hollis

Matthew Hollis is the author of Ground Water, short listed for the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, the Guardian First Book Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Now All Roads Lead to France is his first prose book.

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5th January 2012


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432 pages


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