Well worth the money,
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This review is from: Heroes of The Line (Kindle Edition)
I was pointed in the direct of this book via a different social networking site, and I'm glad that I took the time to read the book and review. The author, Scott Addington (biography below), put together an ebook describing his charity ride along the entire WWI Western Front. Just under 600 miles of gruelling terrain and breathtaking countryside.
The book is short, around 100 pages I believe, and feels like a humorous diary. There's an easy tone in Scott's authorial voice, and I found it to be a smooth read. It disheartening and all too real to read about how some companies failed to put their hand in their pocket. Every penny helps, and for large corporations, charity donations are tax deductible, so in some ways - there's no excuse... Anyway, back to the book.
The first section fully explains the route he took (with his friend Steve) and then comes the day by day diary of cycling and interaction with the locals. This was fun, but for me - the real interest comes with the biographies of fallen soldiers, their photos and then pictures of their graves. It's amazing to read about heroes, real heroes, not celebrities, and being reminded that these men sacrificed their lives for their country. Poignant.
Personally, I think including photos of the gravestones was a great contrast to the joviality of the first third of the diary. It reminds the reader just why Scott and Steve put themselves through the challenge: Money for the British Legion - a fine, fine charity.