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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. 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.

Diaries, letters and memories, testaments 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.

Reviews

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

A marvellous collection

Independent

This is a unique collection of contemporary accounts – and just as compelling as the work of any historian

Scotsman

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    9780099597797

    July 16, 2018

    Vintage

    320 pages

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780091958930

    November 3, 2014

    Hutchinson

    320 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781473522527

    September 3, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    320 pages

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  • EBook

    9781448185771

    July 3, 2014

    Cornerstone Digital

    320 pages

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