Hi, I'm Rosie Serdiville, one of the authors. I'm so sorry you received a copy of the book with duplicated chapters. You'll be happy to know that we've got this sorted out now - thanks for making us aware of the problem.
I quite agree that much of what is in here is not great poetry. That's part of the appeal for me - the words of very ordinary people strike me as both moving and, sometimes, funny. I love the humour of somebody like Charles Moss (see our previous book)describes all the dogs running away to Sunderland when Hartlepool was being bombarded. That detail, that way of expressing his feelings, brings the event vividly alive. Researching the book was sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious and always fascinating. They were remarkable people who left us a record of remarkable times.
Take this excerpt from Plum and Apple
"For Sale: A desireable villa situate in Vermelles: ideal for anyone fond of fresh air; every inconvenience, latest war news, battlefield attached".