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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075249208X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752492087
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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John Sadler is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and regular lecturer at a range of heritage venues; an accomplished historical interpreter (Equity member) and broadcaster who works regularly for local radio and TV, Channel 4 and BBC Scotland. John Sadler specializes in military history and is the author of twenty-two history books, including "The Battle of Flodden. "Rosie Serdiville escaped from a career as a consumer advisor to pursue her love of history and dressing up. Working with people of all ages in a variety of education and heritage establishments, she brings history to life through a combination of drama, interpretation, and education. She sits on the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, and is the author of "The Battle of Flodden."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger-hedgehog on 27 Aug. 2014
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“Oh no ! Not another book on WW1 poetry, just how many copies of ‘In Dulce Decorum Est’ do we actually need ?”, some may cry. Well, with 2,225 identifiable poets (let alone the ever productive ‘Anon’), it seems obvious that 4 will not do, especially when those 4 are all of the same mind.

Amazon wants to know if books are ‘verified purchases’. I shall prove I have read this by making page number references.

Unlike some others, by seeing my physical copy first I could check that there were no printing errors that some reviewers have mentioned. I wanted to see a copy because I had been alerted to this problem by reading other Amazon reviews. My copy has been printed correctly.

What is missing from many (all ?) current WW1 poem collections and web-sites (The British Library - I’m looking at you here) is all the stuff “they” won’t let you read: the pro-war, the gung-ho, “The Germans are (expletive deleteds), let’s go kill the (expletive deleteds)”, the “I miss sex”, the “I like having sex with the friendly local French girls”, the patriotic lifting of spirits, etc stuff that was the genuine concern of the ordinary British working man. If anyone doubts the lack of popularity of Sassoon, Owen in the trenches, please see Dan Todman, “The Great War”, Chapter 5.

What we have here is a small selection of poems from a wide variety of sources: private individuals, newspapers, Corps’ magazines (‘The Ypres Times’ was not the only one), and long lost anthologies, and so on. The poems themselves vary from the screamingly funny and VERY rude (prudes needs not apply), to the appallingly sentimental and sanctimonious.

This is a fair summary of the attitudes and abilities at the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael O. Grady on 23 Nov. 2013
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Half book missing, half printed twice. Disgraceful quality control. Book not as good as I expected. Nice idea that didn't really work in my opinion.
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Very interesting and moving to read these pieces by those from all walks of life affected in one way or another by the First World War
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By JRW on 26 April 2014
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Not my kind of book. Have given it away to a charity shop. Should have shopped around more before buying.
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