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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.
|Publication date:||27th March 2014|
|Publisher:||William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||First World War, Memorials & rolls of honour, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,|
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. Crane lives in north-west Scotland.More About David Crane