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on 24 November 2005
The Diary of an Old Contemptible is an excellent, first person account of life in the trenches of the first world war. Peter Downham has captured the words of Edward Roe accurately, researched the information extensively, and presented a book which transports the reader away from the shores of Ireland all the way to Baghdad with no glamour or emotion. Thus he has produced a book which is not alone easy to read, but accurate in its facts, and as such would make an excellent addition to any school library.Progressing through the book, sharing the often horrific experiences of Roe, one finds oneself developing a close affinity with this man; by the time one reaches the final pages, the reader cannot but help be full of admiration for a man who, with minimal education, has been able to maintain a diary with such eloquence, accuracy and humour alongside the wonderful story telling ability of the Irish.
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on 2 October 2014
Very well written and compelling account of a young Irishman's experiences in France, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia during WW1.
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on 9 November 2014
Very very moving, highly recommend, one of the best books I've read for a long time. Take time out to read this book.
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on 22 March 2013
OLD THE STORY MAY BE, BUT TO HAVE IT RELAYED BY ONE OF THE FIRST SOLDIERS TO SET FOOT IN FRANCE WAS TERRIFC. THROUGH MR ROE'S TIME IN THE MIDDLE EAST I HAVE LEARNT MUCH MORE ABOUT THE CONFLICT IN MESOPOTHAMIA - KUT IN PARTICULAR. A BARGAIN
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on 7 April 2016
First class book and service.
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