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Woodbine Willie: An Unsung Hero of World War One Paperback – 22 Mar 2013
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"Woodbine Willie was remarkable. After his years as an army chaplain, he campaigned against a social system that rewarded those returning from the trenches with poverty and indifference. No one is more equipped to recover the memory of this great and complex figure than Bob Holman." -- Richard Holloway, Former Bishop of Edinburgh "This is a fascinating tale of an inspiring figure." --Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, London "Timely and well researched... well written. If you like a good biography with the sniff of cordite, this is not to be missed." Evangelicals Now
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Bob Holman, described by The Daily Telegraph as 'The Good Man of Glasgow', has made a mission of living alongside the disadvantaged of British society. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian, and the author of several books.
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Bob Holman has researched the book very thoroughly including talking to relatives and people who knew him and the book also forms a fine introduction Stoddert Kennedys writing -still very much worth reading today .
Relying on Woodbine Willie's own prose and poetry, previous works of his contemporaries, soldiers, clerics and friends and interviews with previous authors of Studdert Kennedy's life as well as his descendants, Holman has created a very readable and fascinating account of one mans Christian dedication and courage in WW1 and its aftermath.
It is not a book cluttered with details of battles, which the reader needs if needs can find elsewhere, the story is simply about the man, his life and death and his legacy.
A eye opener to the social plight of millions in Britain 100 years ago.
A recommended read for anyone reading around the social history of WW1.
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