All income from The Trees Are All Young on Garrison Hill goes to the Kohima Educational Trust, a Foundation formed by British veterans of the battle of Kohima, which was a turning point in the war against Japan in 1944. The Trust, seen by its founders as a debt of honour to the Naga people who fought alongside them in this epic battle, is devoted to the support of Naga education by means of providing books, educational materials, scholarships, prizes and exchange visits.
The following are extracts from letters the author has received:
· "I am touched by the beautiful writing. The book is so well conceived and balanced. Together with intensely personal observations, it provides an astonishing amount of information. There is an immediacy about it, from preface to the epilogue."
· "I smiled at much and on occasion tears welled up."
· "I read it twice and am a frequent dipper into its gems."
· "I was deeply moved by your book. I can understand that the experiences of war will never leave you and probably are the most fundamental of your life. It is hard to imagine the courage and sacrifice that was expected from you and your friends and looked upon as something quite natural."
· "A masterpiece
should become mandatory reading for Sandhurst cadets and all aspiring military youths."
· "One of the most moving books I have ever read
my sincere congratulations on writing and publishing this most important historical record."
a brilliant book. I knew nothing about the war in Burma. I was gripped by it."
· "Well written and moving. It evoked both memory and emotions, at once deep and yet powerful."
· "I put down other books in progress and found it fascinating, stimulating and moving in equal measure. Not to mention the very elegant literary touch."
· "I flicked through your book
the next I knew I had read twenty pages. After supper I read another fifty. Today before lunch with friends I finished it. I became really absorbed in it and admiring. It is a gripping slice of life, a skilful amalgam of personal reminiscence and stories of battle
one of those rare books which is not quite long enough."
· "I congratulate you on your marvellous book. I was full of admiration for the way you were able to achieve such an air of serenity in spite of all the tragedy that befell you personally and that struck your regimental colleagues. I also admired your very modest account of your own exploits
few people would have been so reticent."
· "I read the first forty pages and put it down reluctantly with the inexorable approach of bedtime
the book is riveting
a very personal voice revealing, droll, with a finely balanced subjectivity."
an enthralling, even compulsive, read, with many fresh insights into the war and its aftermath."
· "Thanks for your wonderful book
a particular pleasure because of its style and readability."
· "An excellent and accomplished piece of authorship. Your style of writing adds greatly to the whole tone of the book. You should be very proud you have produced such a work."
· Anything autobiographical presents a challenge and particularly when it concerns war memoirs. Typically you have sinned severely in the direction of personal understatement."
· "I really enjoyed your book, its honesty and lack of pretension."
· "The thing that most impressed me was the structure of the narrative, not only the sequencing, but the deft blending of family history, personal memoir and evocation of the universal, for want of a better term. The tone was just right, and the gradual revelation of the protagonist was in perfect proportion, supporting the narrative but never overwhelming it.
Born and educated in Glasgow, Gordon Graham enlisted in the army on the outbreak of World War II. He was commissioned into the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, and spent most of the war years with its 1st Battalion. He was awarded the MC and Bar in the 1944 and 1945 Burma Campaigns, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before being demobilised in 1946.
A few months later, he returned to India and spent the following ten years covering that country and its neighbours as a newspaper correspondent and publisher's representative. This was followed by eight years in New York as International sales manager of the McGraw-Hill Book Company. For the last fifteen years of his professional career, he was chairman of Butterworths, the British legal and scientific publisher. Since his retirement in 1990, he has edited LOGOS, a quarterly journal for the international book world.