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  • Published: 3 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473522527
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

A Broken World

Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War




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.

EDITED BY THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF BIRDSONG
‘The First World War anthology for our time’ Evening Standard
2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One. As we look back over a century later, A Broken World, edited by Sebastian Faulks and Dr Hope Wolf, offers an unprecedented insight into the Great War as it was experienced and remembered.

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. A Broken World is a selection of diaries, letters and memories – many of which have never been published - from ordinary people to names that have become synonymous with the war, such as Siegfried Sassoon and T.E. Lawrence. Powerful and unforgettable, this is an original and illuminating anthology of writing on the Great War.

‘The selections have extraordinary literary power…they speak with distinctive voices, which echo in the mind.’ Daily Telegraph

  • Pub date: 3 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473522527
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Praise for A Broken World

“the pleasure of the book is in the straightforward human responses . . . simplicity scores higher than writerly rhetoric”

Libby Purves, The Times

“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

“As you would expect from [. . .] Sebastian Faulks, the selections have extraordinary literary power . . . they speak with distinctive voices, which echo in the mind.”

Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

“A marvellous collection”

Independent

“a marvellous collection”

Arifa Akbar, Independent

“it is the pain, suffering and confusion that dominates this impressive work, the reality of warfare summed up by Private Frank Cocker, who wrote from the front in 1915 following the loss of his brother, “My heart is so stunned I don’t know whether it is broken or not.””

Daily Express

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

Scotsman

“It is very much the First World War anthology for our time.”

Evening Standard

“Profound, moving and important”

Reader's Digest

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

The Scotsman

“Reflecting civic life as well as life in the trenches, the accessible style allows you to dip in and out as you please, exploring a world unknown to most.”

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