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044: September 1995


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Don't Shout at the Guns


Book Review by Fiona Bratherton. This is Laurence Harris's third children's book, being a sequel to Jackie was a Hero, in which we met Polly and Tommy Metherson who owned a camcorder which allowed them to travel through time. This time they again meet American Second World War veteran Hank Jenson with his two grandchildren. The five of them go to …

The Train Now Standing in No Man's Land


Book Review by Gill Jefferson. Larry Harris has produced another entertaining and exciting story for our younger generation to enjoy. The book involves the same two children as before, who travel back in time to various theatres of the Great War. Here the reader arrives in Ypres in 1915, where a train and its driver have been requisitioned recruit…

Jackie Was a Hero by Lawrence Harris


1996  Paperback, 147 pp. £6.99 incl. postage from The Cartoon Cave P.O.Box 9138 London W3 7WQ. ISBN 0 9526834 0 7 [This review first appeared in Stand To! No.47 September 1996]  Aimed at young people aged 10-15, this story of a journey back in time by two schoolchildren visiting Picardy brings an extra depth to National Curriculum studies of…

The Flower of Battle - British Fiction Writers of the First World War by Hugh Cecil


Secker & Warburg 1995 Hardback, 415pp £25.00 ISBN  0 436 202905 [This review first appeared in the October 1996 edition of Stand To! No.49] Dr. Hugh Cecil, an historian at the University of Leeds, points out in the first chapter of this book that more than 400 British authors, who had firsthand experience of the Great War, used their memor…

Roads to Glory by Richard Aldington


Roads to Glory Hard cover  Chatto & Windus, 1934 (Originally published 1930) It took me three books in three steps to reach these vivid short stories of the First World War by Richard Aldington: Hugh Cecil's Flower of Battle, Aldington’s Death of a Hero and Vivien Whelpton’s insightful tour de force Richard Aldington: Poet, Soldier, Lover. …

Ep. 278 – Hanham – Andrew Wood


Andrew Wood talks about his recent novel Hanham. It is based on the true story of three brothers who fought in the First World war and their family. Inspired by the purchase of a tobacco tin at auction, it tells the story of three brothers and their struggle to survive the turmoil of war and horror of the trenches. At home their eldest sister Kathl…

The Great War in British Short Fiction by Dr. Ann-Marie Einhaus


We all know how prolific and culturally influential Great War poetry has been over the past century – but for every poem written about the war, there was at least one short story. Though these stories are far less commonly remembered, they can shed plenty of light on attitudes and concerns linked to the war and its legacy. Short fiction was widely …

'Tell England' by Ernest Raymond


'Tell England,' by Ernest Raymond, is a deeply moving and thought-provoking novel that captures the essence of the First World War through the eyes of two young soldiers. Raymond's powerful storytelling, rich character development, and evocative prose make this a compelling read. Despite some pacing issues, the novel successfully conveys the toll o…