on 16 November 2013
Scannell describes his book , his war years escapades, as 'a confession'.His aim in writing it, he says was 'less concerned with the facts of history, than with the truth of art'. It is indeed a brisk and eventfilled narrative. WW2 and perhaps typical of all wars, from personal perspective. This second autobiography follow on from his 'Drums of Morning'and is equally readable and we continue with our insight onto the background of on of England's most notable poets of the 20thcentury.
on 2 August 2013
The author, a well published poet after the war, walked away from a battlefield having seen too much. He went to prison for his error and returned to fight in Normandy where he was wounded in action.
The book includes an extraordinary and moving wartime romance set in Manchester and I would recommend it to anyone who likes great writing and a truth which is not necessarily palatable. I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down.