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Battle of the Somme: 1 July - 18 November 1916

The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook
The First Day on the Somme
Martin Middlebrook
Martin Middlebrook's The First Day on the Somme is a compelling and intensely moving account of the blackest day in the history of the British army. Drawing on official sources from the time, and on the words of hundreds of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster by Andrew Macdonald
First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster
Andrew Macdonald
A groundbreaking history of the first, horrific day of one of the most notorious, bloody offensives of all time, from its inept planning to its disastrous execution. Published for the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme by Gavin Stamp
The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
Gavin Stamp
This brilliant study by an acclaimed architectural historian tells the origin of the Edwin Lutyens' Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in the context of commemorating the war dead; it considers the giant classical brick arch in architectural terms, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
The Missing of the Somme by Geoff Dyer, Wade Davis
The Missing of the Somme
Geoff Dyer, Wade Davis
The Missing of the Somme has become a classic meditation upon war and remembrance. It weaves a network of myth and memory, photos and films, poetry and sculptures, graveyards and ceremonies that illuminate our understanding of, and relationship to, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/06/2016
Somme Into the Breach by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
Somme Into the Breach
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
This book shows the extent to which the Allied armies were in fact able repeatedly to break through the German front lines. By focusing on the first-hand experiences of both Allied and enemy soldiers, the author weaves a remarkable portrait...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
Somme by Lyn Macdonald
Somme
Lyn Macdonald
The year 1916 was one of the great turning-points in British history: as the youthful hopes of a generation were crushed in a desperate struggle to survive, and traditional attitudes to authority were destroyed for ever. On paper, few battles...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/09/2013
24 Hours on the Somme My Experiences of the First Day of the Somme 1 July 1916 by Edward G.D. Liveing
24 Hours on the Somme My Experiences of the First Day of the Somme 1 July 1916
Edward G.D. Liveing
A rare and forgotten first hand account of the first day of the Battle of the Somme by a British infantry soldier who went 'over the top' and survived. Edward Liveing's account is known and has been quoted from, but...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/05/2016
Zero Hour 100 Years on: Views from the Parapet of the Somme by Jolyon Fenwick
Zero Hour 100 Years on: Views from the Parapet of the Somme
Jolyon Fenwick
Jolyon Fenwick's eerily compelling photographs are accompanied by detailed maps and vivid descriptions of the day's events, detailing their awful human loss: out of 116,000 British and Empire troops committed to the assault, by nightfall 57,470 had become casualties, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
Too Important for the Generals Losing and Winning the First World War by Allan Mallinson
Too Important for the Generals Losing and Winning the First World War
Allan Mallinson
One of the great questions in the ongoing discussions and debate about the First World War is why did winning take so long and exact so appalling a human cost? After all this was a fight that, we were told,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
The Somme: By Those Who Were There by Bob Carruthers
The Somme: By Those Who Were There
Bob Carruthers
A fascinating anthology of eyewitness accounts from both the British and German perspective drawn from rare contemporary publications, documents held in archives and museums, field reports, regimental records, battalion and divisional histories.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
The Somme: A Visual History by Anthony Richards
The Somme: A Visual History
Anthony Richards
Over a million men from both sides became casualties in the long and bitter struggle on the Somme in 1916. This book tells this story through the unique collections of IWM. Using artefacts, medals, documents, interviews, film, art, and photographs,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/06/2016
Somme 1916 Success and Failure on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme by Paul Kendall
Somme 1916 Success and Failure on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme
Paul Kendall
This important new study will reopen the debate about what really happed on the first day of the Somme. This book challenges the many myths and misconceptions surrounding the battle that have been propagated for the last 100 years.
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/11/2015
Somme 1916 A Battlefield Companion by Gerald Gliddon
Somme 1916 A Battlefield Companion
Gerald Gliddon
Gerald Gliddon's classic survey of the Somme battlefield in 1916, first published in 1987 to great acclaim, has been greatly expanded and updated to include the latest research and analysis. Supported by a wide selection of archive photographs and drawing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2016
Sisters of the Somme True Stories from a First World War Field Hospital by Penny Starns
Sisters of the Somme True Stories from a First World War Field Hospital
Penny Starns
Based on the previously unpublished true stories of its nurses and medical staff, this book is a heart-warming account of the joys and sorrows of life in an extraordinary Somme field hospital.
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
Douglas Haig From the Somme to Victory by Professor Gary Sheffield, Saul David
Douglas Haig From the Somme to Victory
Professor Gary Sheffield, Saul David
Drawing on previously unknown private letters and new scholarship unavailable when The Chief was first published, eminent First World War historian Gary Sheffield reassesses Haig's reputation, assessing his critical role in preparing the army for war.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Lost Tommies by Ross Coulthart
The Lost Tommies
Ross Coulthart
'Lost Tommies' brings together stunning never-before-seen images of Western Front tommies and their amazing stories in a beautiful collection that is part thriller, part family history and part national archive. Beautifully reproduced, it is a unique collection and a magnificent...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916 by Robert J. Parker
An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916
Robert J. Parker
Fascinated by history? Wish you knew more? The Illustrated Introductions are here to help. In this lavishly illustrated, accessible guide, find out everything you need to know about the Battle of the Somme.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
Elegy The First Day on the Somme by Andrew Roberts
Elegy The First Day on the Somme
Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts evokes the pity and the horror of the blackest day in the history of the British army - a summer's day-turned-hell-on-earth by modern military technology - in the words of casualties, survivors, and the bereaved.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2016

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World War One Literature

The First World War in 100 Objects by Professor Gary Sheffield
The First World War in 100 Objects
Professor Gary Sheffield
The First World War was one of the seminal events in world history. The First World War in 100 Objects offers a unique perspective on the world's first truly global conflict.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Cartographer of No Man's Land by P. S. Duffy
The Cartographer of No Man's Land
P. S. Duffy
Moving, convincing and superbly written, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land is a novel you feel privileged to have read. From the stormy turbulent ocean off of Nova Scotia, to the tormented seas of mud that make up No...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2015
Peace and War: Britain in 1914 by Nigel Jones
Peace and War: Britain in 1914
Nigel Jones
Taking us through the year that ended in all-out war, Nigel Jones plots the political mood of the country and the unsuspecting populace at work and at play as they move ever closer to disaster. ~ Sue Baker ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
The Heroes' Welcome by Louisa Young
The Heroes' Welcome
Louisa Young
The sequel to My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You which was set during World War I. This is 1919 and Riley has returned from the front with part of his face missing. This damage is obvious but his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
Gallipoli by Alan Moorehead, Sir Max Hastings
Gallipoli
Alan Moorehead, Sir Max Hastings
April 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The Centenary of Gallipoli, the First World War campaign that was doomed to failure, bringing about the tragic loss of so many men. First published...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
Selected Poems and Letters by Isaac Rosenberg
Selected Poems and Letters
Isaac Rosenberg
Isaac Rosenberg's poems, such as Dead Man's Dump and Break of Day in the Trenches , have been included in every significant war anthology and have earned him a place in Poets' Corner. This title presents a selection of his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2003
Zeppelin Nights London in the First World War by Jerry White
Zeppelin Nights London in the First World War
Jerry White
London’s experiences of bombing and privation during WWII are well documented; here in Jerry White’s Zeppelin Nights is the lesser known story of the First World War as seen by Londoners a generation earlier. There was bombing, there was also...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
The General by C. S. Forester, Sir Max Hastings
The General
C. S. Forester, Sir Max Hastings
Forester is now best known for his Hornblower series but this gem is a vivid and visceral depiction of the First World War. Born in 1899 Forester tried to enlist but failed his medical so never saw the horrors of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
The World's War by David Olusoga
The World's War
David Olusoga
That in the centenary year of the First World War there could still be revelations is quite astounding, shocking too that much of the accounts in David Olusoga’s book don’t appear in other histories of the war. He is writing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
No Man's Land Writings from a World at War by Pete Ayrton
No Man's Land Writings from a World at War
Pete Ayrton
The Great War gave birth to some of the twentieth century's most celebrated writing; from Brooke to Sassoon, the poetry generated by the war is etched into collective memory. But it is in prose fiction that we find some of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
Goodbye, Piccadilly War at Home, 1914 by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Goodbye, Piccadilly War at Home, 1914
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
The first in a new series set against the backdrop of World War One from the author of the delightful and compelling Morland dynasty series. We’re introduced to the well to do Hunter family and their servants as the first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
The War Behind the Wire The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914-18 by John Lewis-Stempel
The War Behind the Wire The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914-18
John Lewis-Stempel
Some stark facts – over 2 million servicemen were imprisoned by Germany from 1914-18, of these around 185,000 were British. It’s estimated that 12,000 of our British soldiers died while prisoners of war many in unmarked graves. Against these statistics,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Reader Reviewed Cavendon Hall
Barbara Taylor Bradford
A glorious family saga for Downton Abbey fans. This follows the lives of the aristocratic family of two sons and four daughters of the sixth Earl of Mowbray and the Swann family who serves them. It opens in the summer...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
Margot at War Love and Betrayal in Downing Street, 1912-1916 by Anne de Courcy
Margot at War Love and Betrayal in Downing Street, 1912-1916
Anne de Courcy
Anne De Courcy gives us a brilliant view of Margot Asquith, wife of Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister from 1912-1916. Using diaries and letters this is a Downing Street much removed from the one we know now. Then, under Margot’s influence...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2014
First World War Poems by Jane McMorland-Hunter
First World War Poems
Jane McMorland-Hunter
This is an anthology of over 100 poems written during and about the First World War. It follows the format and design of Anova's highly succesful 'Ode To' series. The book is illustrated throughout with evocative paintings and posters from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/07/2014
Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud
Mr Mac and Me
Esther Freud
An intriguing historical novel set between 1914 and 1915 in a Suffolk fishing village. Told by Tom, a 13/14-year old boy with two central themes, one about his impressions of the early war years and the effect on his family...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Shadow of War The Great War Series Book 1 by Stewart Binns
The Shadow of War The Great War Series Book 1
Stewart Binns
The beginning of an ambitious series with a book for each of the four years of World War I so we start just before the outbreak and go into the trenches and on into the now famous Christmas Day football...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
The Last Post Music, Remembrance and the Great War by Alwyn W. Turner
The Last Post Music, Remembrance and the Great War
Alwyn W. Turner
From that first traumatic remembrance service at 11am on 11th November 1919, the last post continues to be played to end the two minute silence, most famously at The Cenotaph. Alwyn Turner considers the history of the bugle, the music...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2014
To Hell and Back by Susanna De Vries
To Hell and Back
Susanna De Vries
Everyone should read this. It’s a raw, descriptive eye witness account from Sydney Loch, a young soldier in 1914-16 in the battlefields of Gallipoli. In it he writes less of the camaraderie and group behaviours of war, and shows us...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
A Short History of the First World War by Gary Sheffield
A Short History of the First World War
Gary Sheffield
All you need to know about WW1 from one of the world's foremost experts. Accessible and authoritative, this is the ultimate introduction for anyone wanting a clear understanding of what happened and why.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
The Lives of Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
The Lives of Stella Bain
Anita Shreve
This one is brilliant. We meet Stella in 1916 in a hospital tent in France. It seems she was an ambulance driver, now with shrapnel wounds to her feet and legs. More importantly she has lost her memory. As bits...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
Trains to the Trenches The Men, Locomotives and Tracks That Took the Armies to War 1914-18 by Andrew Roden, Annie Winsland
Trains to the Trenches The Men, Locomotives and Tracks That Took the Armies to War 1914-18
Andrew Roden, Annie Winsland
Andrew Roden makes plain the extent of the railway’s role in World War One. From German supply trains, the French organisation of track and trains for troop and artillery transport to the movement of supplies for men and horses. It’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
White Feathers by Susan Lanigan
White Feathers
Susan Lanigan
Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a ‘Cinderella’ story, the first part, so gently and simply told by the author, almost lulls you into a false sense of security before World War One sticks it’s fearsome and harrowing boot...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2014
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Birdsong
Sebastian Faulks
Editor's Comments: Since its publication in 1993 Birdsong has established itself as one of the most important novels of recent years. A novel that brings alive the horrors of war and the redemptive power of love there are few books...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Antiques Roadshow: World War I in 100 Family Treasures by Paul Atterbury
Antiques Roadshow: World War I in 100 Family Treasures
Paul Atterbury
A record of the Antiques Roadshow programmes filmed at the Somme where families were invited to bring along war memorabilia and discover the stories behind the objects. Paull Atterbury’s book takes 100 of these family heirlooms and shows how they...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
The Country House at War - Fighting the Great War at Home and in the Trenches by Simon Greaves
The Country House at War - Fighting the Great War at Home and in the Trenches
Simon Greaves
The First World War touched every family in the country and this book tells a story of national collective action and intense private experience.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
The Fateful Year England 1914 by Mark Bostridge
The Fateful Year England 1914
Mark Bostridge
Mark Bostridge has set out to record the state of Britain in 1914, taking us slowly through the year with stories big and small that progress from suffragettes to school strikes, murder on a train and the Irish question -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
Harry's War by Harry Drinkwater
Harry's War
Harry Drinkwater
It was illegal for men serving in the Great War to keep a diary hence there are few first-hand records now available to us. However there were a few brave souls like Harry Drinkwater who chronicled “their war”, giving us,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
1914: Fight the Good Fight Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War by Allan Mallinson
1914: Fight the Good Fight Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War
Allan Mallinson
Through his book Allan Mallinson makes plain that in those critical first days of the war, if political and military judgement had been different then the “Great” war could have been radically altered- as would the following century. History, isolationism,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
The Telegraph Book of Readers' Letters from the Great War by Gavin Fuller
The Telegraph Book of Readers' Letters from the Great War
Gavin Fuller
Never before published this collection of letters are from the Daily Telegraph’s letters pages of 1914-1918. They comment on the war’s progress or lack of it, praising and blaming those in charge, writing of their loss and grief, their pride...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
The Spider of Sarajevo by Robert Wilton
The Spider of Sarajevo
Robert Wilton
A fast-paced and fascinating tale which draws the reader into the pre-war spying world. In the months leading up to the declaration of war, four unlikely new agents, three men and one highly intelligent young woman, are recruited by British...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
Poppy by Mary Hooper
Poppy
Mary Hooper
Women’s roles in the First World War need to be told as frequently as possible. Mary Hooper’s Poppy combines a brilliant insight into how utterly and dramatically the lives of women changed during the conflict as attitudes altered and old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
The War that Ended Peace How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War by Professor Margaret MacMillan
The War that Ended Peace How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War
Professor Margaret MacMillan
It may be that Gavrilo Princep’s gun triggered the descent into war but this examination of the world on the brink weaves together the many other factors that led to the Great War. A meticulous examination of the politics of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/06/2014
Last Post The Final Word from Our First World War Soldiers by Max Arthur
Last Post The Final Word from Our First World War Soldiers
Max Arthur
A 2002 bestseller, Last Post is being reissued for the 1914 anniversary. It records the thoughts and views of some of the last survivors of World War One. There were 30 survivors then still alive, now they are all gone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
Great Britain's Great War by Jeremy Paxman
Great Britain's Great War
Jeremy Paxman
An in-the-round history of Britain during the first world war examining the experience of a country fighting a world war from humble factory worker to soldier to politician and journalist. How did people cope both physically and mentally and perhaps...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
Catastrophe Europe Goes to War 1914 by Sir Max Hastings
Catastrophe Europe Goes to War 1914
Sir Max Hastings
The end papers of the book testify to the Catastrophe of the title, we start with an idyllic late Victorian boating scene and end with a scene of carnage at the Battle of the Marne. The tragedy of the war...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
The Great War Diary Breathtaking Colour Photographs from a World Torn Apart by Gunnar Dedio, Florian Dedio
The Great War Diary Breathtaking Colour Photographs from a World Torn Apart
Gunnar Dedio, Florian Dedio
Brutal and cataclysmic, the First World War irrevocably changed the face of Europe. On the centenary of its onset, this book gives an intimate view of life during wartime, through colour photographs from each year of the conflict.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Jack of Spies by David Downing
Jack of Spies
David Downing
This begins a World War I spy series where, as a luxury car salesman, Jack McColl has perfect cover for travelling the world and so is ideally placed for spying in China, India, Ireland and no doubt plenty of other...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2014
Some Desperate Glory The First World War the Poets Knew by Max Egremont
Some Desperate Glory The First World War the Poets Knew
Max Egremont
A study of the poetry of the First World War, made, not in isolation but set against a history of the war itself, putting the poetry into context. We learn too about the poets, their writing and their role in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/05/2014
Noble Endeavours The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories by Miranda Seymour
Noble Endeavours The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories
Miranda Seymour
With so many links between Germany and England how was it we came to fight two such catastrophic wars? The ties between Royalty, Families, Business and Culture were many and various as the examples chosen by Miranda Seymour show. A...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
The Moon Field by Judith Allnatt
The Moon Field
Judith Allnatt
A lovely story, beautifully told and very sad for this is World War I and the tale of a boy, George Farrell, who loved above his station. The descriptions of the war and battlefields in France are vivid and horrific....
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson
Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts
Mary Gibson
A story of real hardship and friendship in East London in the years leading up to World War I, set mostly around a custard powder factory and following the plight of Nellie. It is one of those wonderful tales of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
Anyush by Martine Madden
Anyush
Martine Madden
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A compelling, heartrending tale of love, loss and survival intertwined within the factual base of the Armenian genocide. This thought provoking story is set in a period of atrocities that may not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2014
A Brief History of the First World War Eyewitness Accounts of the War to End All Wars, 1914-18 by Jon E. Lewis
A Brief History of the First World War Eyewitness Accounts of the War to End All Wars, 1914-18
Jon E. Lewis
Jon E Lewis has culled eye-witness accounts from over 180 first-hand witnesses, they come from all nationalities, male and female, at sea, in the trenches or toiling in the fields. Their words echo from 100 years ago, a witness to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2014
Fighting on the Home Front The Legacy of Women in World War One by Kate Adie
Fighting on the Home Front The Legacy of Women in World War One
Kate Adie
The contribution of women to the war effort in World War II is well recorded, less well known is the extensive work that women undertook in 1914-1918. We remember the nurses but women found their way into many other roles,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
The Poppy A History of Conflict, Loss, Remembrance, and Redemption by Nicholas J. Saunders
The Poppy A History of Conflict, Loss, Remembrance, and Redemption
Nicholas J. Saunders
Our most obvious connection to the Poppy is as an iconic symbol of the First World War. But as a narcotic, its use reaches back to Ancient Egypt, its value attracting kings and empires, criminals, doctors and addicts. This humble...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
The Day without Yesterday by Stuart Clark
The Day without Yesterday
Stuart Clark
The third in Stuart Clark's accessible and informative Sky's Dark Labyrinth series, where he uses historical fiction to help readers better understand the cosmos. Based on the true story of Albert Einstein and George Lemaître, a devout catholic and physicist...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
A History of the First World War in 100 Objects In Association with the Imperial War Museum by
A History of the First World War in 100 Objects In Association with the Imperial War Museum

Among the totemic objects of war on show here – German helmets, guns and army rations there are a few more humble objects– a flag, a scribbled note, a nightdress illustrating the civilian experience of war. Well-presented,, the one hundred...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
July 1914 Countdown to War by Sean McMeekin
July 1914 Countdown to War
Sean McMeekin
With so many contributing factors as a cause, it’s hard to make sense of what exactly happened in the summer of 1914. Viewing the approaching conflict from all sides, clarifying what happened and why the march to war became inevitable...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
The Great War: 1914-1918 by Peter Hart
The Great War: 1914-1918
Peter Hart
An excellent one volume history of the First World War. Peter Hart takes a world view of the war, considering all arenas of war on land and at sea. He recalls a range of testimony from “Tommies” to the Generals...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
1913 The World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
1913 The World Before the Great War
Charles Emmerson
Charles Emmerson gives us a tour of the great cities of the world in the fatal year, 1913. Not that anyone saw it as an end, the world was changing, for the good it was thought, new technologies, new inventions,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2013
Love Letters of the Great War by Mandy Kirkby
Love Letters of the Great War
Mandy Kirkby
A collection of letters from combatants on both sides of the conflict, many of the letters appearing in print for the first time. Each letter is introduced with a short piece about the writer and the recipient and they reflect...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/01/2014
The First World War Illustrated by John Keegan
The First World War Illustrated
John Keegan
John Keegan’s masterful account of World War One still stands as one of the key texts. Now reissued in the centenary year, this is a clear and concise guide to World War One and its place in history, how its...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2014
Back in Blighty British Society in the Era of the Great War by Gerard DeGroot
Back in Blighty British Society in the Era of the Great War
Gerard DeGroot
Gerard de Groot looks at how everyday life in Britain was affected by the Great War. He finds that even with the huge losses of men in battle, bomb damage and the massive war costs, society remained amazingly stable. In...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives! A World without World War I by Richard Ned Lebow
Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives! A World without World War I
Richard Ned Lebow
Looking back, in the anniversary year, at 1914-1918 as the pointless war, Richard Lebow, a political psychologist considers the before and after possibilities if war had never happened. What could have been done to prevent the conflict and what would...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/01/2014
An Officer's Manual of the Western Front 1914-1918 by Stephen Bull
An Officer's Manual of the Western Front 1914-1918
Stephen Bull
Every First World War Officer would have been issued with his manual. It covered the very basics of moving troops, how to look after and train them, building – everything from trenches to gun emplacements and latrines, tactics and gun...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/09/2008
The Wipers Times The Famous First World War Trench Newspaper by Christopher Westhorp
The Wipers Times The Famous First World War Trench Newspaper
Christopher Westhorp
The Wipers Times went through many names from the original Wipers Times to the final Better Times which ended in December 1918. It was a boon to the men of the trenches, irreverent, satirical and often very funny, Lieutenant Samuel...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2013
1914: Poetry Remembers by Carol Ann Duffy
1914: Poetry Remembers
Carol Ann Duffy
Whether as a reader your interest is in the Great War or the great war poets, or whether it is in the poetry of today, this anthology will hold a special place in your affections, as it remembers and recalls...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Mapping the First World War Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above by Simon Forty
Mapping the First World War Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above
Simon Forty
Sue Baker's view... This book features 120 detailed wartime maps taken from the National Archive collection. They feature key battles and record the details of troop movements and communication routes. The maps and the attached commentary present unique insight...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn
The Last Summer
Judith Kinghorn
May 2012 MEGA Debut of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. An enchanting, sweeping debut of big storytelling, of social and political change spanning the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
Beating for Light by Geoff Akers
Beating for Light
Geoff Akers
A convincing and impressive fictional account using known facts, to portray the life of Isaac Rosenberg, a poet and painter most famous for his provocative poems from the trenches in World War One. The author portrays a socially inept and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2006

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Lest We Forget

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The Wars to End All Wars …

 

In 2014 it was 100 years since World War One began and even though there are now no people alive today who experienced it first-hand, its impact on the world is still apparent today.

 

 

For anyone wanting to experience the stories and history of the war, the events that led to both Great Wars and their aftermath, we have created a special category of carefully selected non-fiction, poetry and fiction.

 

World War One, WW1, The Great War, 1914-1918, was on a scale previously unknown.  Millions of lives were lost and vast areas of land destroyed. Triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, on 28th June 1914, in Sarajevo.


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The first World War paved the way for major economic, political and social change and the map of Europe was redrawn. In Britain the labour and suffrage movements grew in strength and support.  Our Royal family cut ties with their German ancestry and took the new name of the House of Windsor.

 

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After the armistice on 11 November 1918 The League of Nations was formed with the aim of ensuring such a terrible conflict would never again occur. But with battle-weakened countries unable to defend themselves and rise of fascism, the world was at war once again in 1939.

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