The Final Whistle strips away a century of myth-making and forgetting to look at The Great War from the perspective of 15 men, all of whom played for Rosslyn Park Rugby Club before the war. The huge variety of their lives, and deaths, gives Stephen Cooper a way of bringing us much closer to the actual experience of the war. It is in turns illuminating, horrifying, funny and, often, very moving. If you ever wonder how you would have coped if you had been called to serve, this meticulously researched and beautifully written bookThe Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players
will tell you all you need to know.