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This is the original version of Robert Graves's intense memoir of the First World War, restoring this raw, emotionally truthful, darkly comic work to the way it was first written, by a young man still reeling from the trenches. 

"There was no patriotism in the trenches. It was too remote a sentiment, and rejected as fit only for civilians. A new arrival who talked patriotism would soon be told to cut it out. As Blighty, Great Britain was a quiet, easy place to get back to out of the present foreign misery, but as a nation it was nothing."
This is the original version of Robert Graves's intense memoir of the First World War, restoring this raw, emotionally truthful, darkly comic work to the way it was first written, by a young man still reeling from the trenches.
'We see the dark heart of the book even more clearly, and hear it beating even more loudly, in this original edition than we do in the comparatively careful and considered terms of the later one' Andrew Motion

'One of the most candid self-portraits, warts and all, ever painted' TLS

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780141392660

    June 25, 2014

    Penguin Classics

    496 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780241951415

    May 13, 2011

    Penguin General UK (UK Adult)

    362 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141184593

    June 14, 2001

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    288 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9780141911687

    June 14, 2001

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    288 pages

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