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A War in Words

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Deeply moving … A haunting and mesmeric work full of courage, poignancy, pain and love’ Max Arthur

16th April, 1917 France
My dear Mother. I can only write a short letter this time, but hope I will be able to do so soon. I have not written a letter for over a week and a half as I have been in the trenches for 9 days, and it is impossible to write up there. You have no doubt heard before this of the big advance of the Canadians and the capture of Vimy Ridge. I was in the whole of that battle and it was Hell.

 
A War in Words is the compelling and moving story of the First World War told through the letters and diaries of its participants -- whether men experiencing combat first hand in the muddy trenches of the Somme, women fighting the war at home or children writing about their hopes and fears for the future as war looms.

Told from many different perspectives and featuring contributions from soldiers on both sides of the war, from the testimony of a Serbian teenager, one of Franz Ferdinand's assassins, to the final entry from a French soldier as he revisits a battlefield in 1919, A War in Words provides intimate and honest insights into the lives of those caught up in the horrors and tragedies of the First World War.
 

Svetlana Palmer was born in Moscow and educated in Russia and Britain, where she has lived since 1990. She is a researcher and producer and her credits include THE COLD WAR and THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN COLOUR. Sarah Wallis has worked as a researcher and producer on a number of contemporary and historical films about Europe, including the BBC's award-winning PEOPLE'S CENTURY. This is their first book.

Svetlana Palmer was born in Moscow and educated in Russia and Britain, where she has lived since 1990. She is a researcher and producer and her credits include THE COLD WAR and THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN COLOUR. Sarah Wallis has worked as a researcher and producer on a number of contemporary and historical films about Europe, including the BBC's award-winning PEOPLE'S CENTURY. This is their first book.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (March 13, 2014)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471136801