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The Quick and the Dead Fallen Soldiers and Their Families in the Great War by Richard Van Emden

The Quick and the Dead Fallen Soldiers and Their Families in the Great War

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The Quick and the Dead Fallen Soldiers and Their Families in the Great War by Richard Van Emden

At the end of the First World War more than 192,000 wives had lost their husbands, and nearly 400,000 children had lost their fathers. Few people remained unscathed. The Quick and the Dead pays tribute to the families who were left behind while their husbands, fathers and sons went off to fight, and the generations that followed. Through a unique collection of more than fifty interviews, private diaries and a remarkable collection of unpublished letters written by the soldiers to their families back home, The Quick and the Dead is a history of those who are commonly forgotten and neglected when the fallen are remembered on Armistice Day.


Superb ... Shattering for its wealth of tiny heartbreaking truths Daily Telegraph Incredibly moving ... Remarkable Daily Express A moving account of the emotional, physical and financial hardships suffered by the families of the fallen. It provides a poignant memorial to what one relative called the heart hunger caused by the loss of a loved one in battle Sunday Times An engrossing insight into the human cost through the memories of some of the last of those children Glasgow Herald

About the Author

Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written fourteen books on the subject including Boy Soldiers of the Great War and The Last Fighting Tommy. He has also worked on more than a dozen television programmes on the First World War, including Britain's Last Tommies, Britain's Boy Soldiers, the award-winning Roses of No Man's Land, and most recently, War Horse: The Real Story. He lives in West London.

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Publication date

1st June 2012


Richard Van Emden

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


352 pages


20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
First World War
Biography: historical, political & military



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