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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091908841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091908843
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deeply impressive ... uplifting to read" (Margaret Forster)

"As harrowing as any story from any war" (Daily Mirror)

"Successfully restores a human dimension to that epic slaughter" (Mail on Sunday)

"A moving vignette about [the war's] tragic price for one family" (Max Hastings Sunday Times)

"A moving testament to the bravery and sacrifice of one British family" (Daily Mail)

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Eight brothers went to fight for Queen and Country in the Great War - only three would return alive...

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By SMR on 2 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have to say this is the best book about WW1 I've ever read and I was moved to tears many times throughout. The story focuses on the Beechey family and the 5 sons who sacrificed their lives for their country. The author has done a tremendous amount of research, including following trails all the way to Australia. He's been able to obtain letters and photographs handed down to a relative of the Beecheys.

Most of the letters are written to their mother and youngest sister and are amazing in that none of the sons give any great detail of the horrors they faced, the awful conditions they endured. I found it incredibly moving that each letter is signed "with affection from your loving son....." or something similar.

It's obvious that the author has also done his research about the war and various battles and he's woven them into stories about how each of the Beechey boys met their sad end in a way that made it very readable for me, almost like a novel in some ways.

It's not just a book about war, it's about sacrifice and the loyalty and patriotism many men had for their country and a mother and her sons who made the ultimate sacrifice. I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ian Figg-Wild on 26 Sept. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This true story of the Beechey family, who endured with dignity and courage the death of five sons in the 1st World War, is extremely moving.

Michael Walsh should be congratulated on the sensitive and thoughtful way he has written about this family and brought their story to us. A piece of history that could so easily have been lost, if not for his endeavours.

When you come to the end of the book, the Beechey family remains with you, as though personally known to you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Damon Crane on 11 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
A perfect combination of fiction and non-fiction I found this to be as epic and moving an account of WWI as any I've read (including Sebastian Faulk's Birdsong) - with the added attraction of genuine eye witness acount of events, not unsimilar in some ways to the 'Forgotten Voices' series.

Walsh builds the characters and balances the various narratives to perfection (not an easy task) and has created a genuine page turner that must have taken years of research to put together.

It's hard at times to believe that all this happened less than 100 years ago; and the sense of stip upper lip in the face of seemingly never-ending horrors is truly astonishing.

Very highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Eaton on 6 Dec. 2006
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Of all the world war books I've read none moved me more than this.

It's a cracking read from the start and the letters from the brothers really make the book come alive. The letters demonstrate the remarkable patriotism these chaps had for their king & country and their willingness to sacrifice all in the face of so much horror that was trench warfare. Remarkable! A must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raymondo on 4 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book a year ago and for some stupid reason I gave it away to an american friend in Washngton DC. I wanted her to experience the Great War from a British perspective. I've read a dozen or so books on the Great War, and I've found only Brothers, John Keegan's First World War and Faulk's Birdsong to have any lasting effect on me. The knack of writing a book on WW1 is that it must read like a novel, and Walsh does this, his syle is very similar to Keegan's. I recently collected a set of DVD's from a daily paper, and I couldn't help thinking that the Brothers could be actually moving across my TV screen. Walsh has painted a picture in my mind from a bygone age when war and human suffering in Europe went hand in hand. This book is a testament to why war should never happen. Well done Mr Walsh!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AlyBongo on 21 April 2012
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I was researching WW1 as we are planning a trip to Cambrai and the Somme in May 2012. This book was highlighted as being of relevance to my search. Wow! It is one of the best books I have ever read and in my 61 years I have read the full range of books from the classics to 'sunbathing' books . It is the first book that I have finished and then started to read again immediately. On the second reading I made notes of the family members, their units, the battles they encountered,the events at home and sadly, in some cases, the cemeteries or monuments where the bodies of this family lie. The narrative uses family letters to augment the plight of those at war detailing the life of the soldier at the front and the life of those left at home. I will read this book again before we travel to France. The next trip we plan will focus on those brothers buried in France and Belgium. I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edwina on 27 Dec. 2012
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An excellent book about the impact of WW1 on a family living in Lincolnshire. The story rings very true. My grandfather and his family lived in the next village, and their experiences of that time were very similar - all the boys having to enlist and the traumas of the war affecting the whole family.

I would recommend to anyone even if you have no interest in the history of that time. The book is well written and is an engrossing read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Boy on 8 Jan. 2007
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Beware - I bought a brand new copy from WHSmith and 30 pages were missing from pg 122, although you couldn't tell from the spine. Bit frustrating if you're that far in.

A very moving account from 'human interest' point of view, rather than as an historical study. But nevertheless, well worth the read.
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