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Literary Terrorism or The Impressionist Terrorism of Literature?

Hi History Lover, Back after a short hiatus. Hope you are well and in good spirits. Adam Parkes' " A Sense of Shock: The Impact of Impressionism on Modern British and Irish Writing" is a well researched and written book on such literary greats as Joseph Conrad, Walter Pater, H G Wells, Virginia Woolfe, Henry James and Ford Madox Ford  etc.and the infuence of Impressionist painting on their writings. Terrorism in the world and in literature is certainly not a twenty first century phemonena. It has existed in Europe and England long before Jihad terrorism . The perpetrators were called " Anarchists or Conspirators back then. A rather nice literary term. A study such as this doesn't get too much better. Conrad's idiot  anarchist who blows himself up before the novel opens and the consequences of his acttions and 'impressions' of those left behind, the sensationalism of the new press of the late nineteenth century( what has really changed there?), the exploration of the Ruskin/ Whistler trial followed by the likes of Wilde, Pater and James. Wells' terrorist Invisible Man who, still in spite of all his efforts, remains not visible to the world even in death.Such is the fate of anonymous terrorists!  Exploring the real concept of impressionism,terrorism, the media and literary tropes, Parkes has produced a complex book  on literary modernism but highly readable,and will probably stand along side  Sarah Cole's books on Modernist literature. Literary impressionism is an interesting and sometimes unquantifiable term and ought not to be used by modernists too lightly. In painting, it is more easily defined by technique and colours. I'm more than inpressed with Parkes' volume. Lots of book goodness too: " The Poetry of Shelll Shock" by Daniel Hipp, " From Trench and Troopship" by David Kent, " David Jones and the Great War" by Thomas Dilworth, " Heroes' Twilight' by Bernard Bergonzi, " Courage Without Glory" by Spencer Jones, " Memory, Narrative and the Great War" by David Taylor and yesterday from my local Dymocks store, "At The Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland" by Sarah Cole. Have you had any good books in recently? After days of rain and blusterly northerly winds, the sun is making a weak apologetic appearance here in Geelong.

RE:Literary Terrorism or The Impressionist Terrorism of Literature?

Hi Ghost Writer, I've been busy around the house, getting my library painted and then putting everything back in place, all done now :)

​I am currently sitting up in my library sipping a glass of Basedows 1986 Shiraz, looking out the window onto a grey cloudy sky ready to drop some rain and listening to some nice music on my stereo, a nice way to finish the day eh!

​Sounds like some excellent books there. I have a few on the way, a mixed bag of Franco-Prussian War, WW1 and WW2 books. I am currently reading a book published by Osprey; "Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives under fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan" by Scott McGaugh. Its a nice, easy to read account of combat medic's in the US armed forces.

​I also recently received a copy of "The Emperor and the Saint: Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Francis if Assisi, and Journeys to Medieval Places" by Richard Cassady (published 2011). Another recent purchase was "They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide" by Ronald Grigor Suny.

Well back to my glass of wine and my book, hope all is well down your way!

"Dear soldier, I'd love to give you a hug before you leave for the front...".

......write and let me know how you are and what I can send you. Besides my love"..... Kate Pullinger's "Letter to an Unknown Soldier" is a very touching collection written by writers, mothers, prisoners, politicians, actors, etc in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, specifically addressed to the life sized Unknown Soldier statue by Charles Sargeant Jagger on Platform 1 at Paddington Station, London. (I love Jagger's work).  The soldier, in full trench uniform, and a long hand knitted scarf, reads a letter from whom we don't know. Perhaps from the one who knitted the scarf for him, a sweetheart, a mother, a sister, we are not privy to such intimacy. The letters themselves are poignant, captivating and heartfelt in most cases. Prime Minister Cameron's seems a paid political announcement alongside other more sincere letters. It is small book and all the letters can be accessed online. It is really worth getting, as a keepsake....

Dinner with Edward Review

Yes, there were some gaps in the story that left you thinking "what happened there?" but it was a just a simple and beautiful story about the power of friendship at any age, with any person. 

RE:Dinner with Edward Review

I received this book as a pre-release and was very much looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately I found it a little slow but as I continued, I did warm to the friendship that was forming between Isabel and Edward. Each chapter with it's own Menu was a lovely touch.
Without spoiling the ending, I wanted to know more.

" My fellow is dangerous...."

Hi History Lover, Hope you are well and enjoying the benefits of new books!  I have finished " Playing the Game: The British Junior Infantry Officer on the Western Front 1914-18" by Christopher Moore-Bick, Helion and I must say I am glad I have it in my library. It is a most welcome addition and is a comprehensive, highly informative and well researched book on the little known subject of the junior officer in WW1. Being the first book Moore-Bick has written I look forward to further books from him in the furture. " Playing the Game" works well with Lewis-Stempel's " Six Weeks..." to give the reader an allround view of what it was like to be a junior officer dealing with all the issues of commanding, billeting, feeding, and caring for his men's general well being as well as dealing with Staff Officers and possible advancement and survival. I recommend it. Moore-Bick has left nothing to chance in his study and has been very thorough in his research and writing to produce a readable but scholarly work! He has sourced well and far and references are impecable and complete. In this terriblly chilly and sodden week I have received  some good books from the UK..." Memory, Narrative and the Great War: Rifleman MacGill and the Construction of Wartime Experience" by David Taylor, " A Sense of  Shock: the Impact of Impressionism on Modern British and Irish Writing" by Adam Parkes and after SIX MONTHS of impatient waiting, " The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen( 2 vols hardcover, slipcased) .Mmm my preciousessss... The supplier in UK didn't know whether they had it or not, eh, however, thanks to my local Dymocks people here in Market Square Geelong and my own doggedness, it finally arrived yesterday. So I'm over the moon! What of you, History Lover?  Have you had any book- goodness come your way this week? Weather? Best day yet today with sun and a gentle breeze to edge up the temperature a tad, with a chance of more rain/ floods to come.

RE:" My fellow is dangerous...."

That's excellent news on your obtaining a copy of "The Complete Poems of Wilfred Owen", well done, an excellent addition to your library. I have just finished reading an old 1960's book on the British campaign in Mesopotomia; "The Bastard War" by A. J. Barker. I am now reading a 2013 publication: "The Battle for Manchuria and the Fate of China: Siping, 1946" by Harold Tanner. In regards to new books I have just picked these two books from my PO Box: "The Battle of Minden 1759" by Stuart Reid and "Where Chiang Kai-Shek Lost China: The Liao-Shen Campaign, 1948". 
​In regards to new books on the Great War I picked this book up at half price recently: "The Battle book of Ypres: A Reference to Military Operations in the Ypres Salient 1914-1918" by Beatrix Brice. It was first published in 1927 but this is a 2014 reprint. Its a sort of guide book of places and events in the Salient for those who wished to see where their loved ones fought and died during the Great War.
The weather here in Canberra is overcast and I think more rain is forecast, not as bad as down your way but I wonder if we will see the sun again soon :)

RE:" My fellow is dangerous...."

Hi History Lover, How excellent is that! New books. Seriously, you have me there. I can't really make any comment about the Wars in China, though I had a passing interest years ago in the Chinese/ Japanese wars of , eh, 1907(?) Correct me on the dates if I'm wrong. I rather took an interest in the foreign observers that went around various international conflicts, their uniforms and conclusions in their subsequent reports. You need to educate me on these expansive wars in China. And yes, I am so happy to get " Owen's Complete Poems and Fragments" again. That one was a particular sadder loss years ago. Done and fixed up!!  Your find on Ypres sounds very interesting. My " Glum Heroes" has been posted from the UK and ought to be here in a few days. These Helion titles are really well researched and packaged well with their printing and binding. Good reading, History Lover!  We had a nice sunny warm day on Saturday and dare I say, we are in for more cold and rain. Last night a pipe burst down the road because it was overloaded with the heavy rains here and flash flooding. The  back garden is leached and nothing is growing properly and it is so sodden like the beginning of a corner in Flanders fields.

RE:" My fellow is dangerous...."

Hi Ghost Writer, one book that may interest you covering the Russo-Japanese War on 1904-1905 with a Great War connection is this title: "A Staff Officer's Scrap Book" by Sir Ian Hamilton. I have a 1912 first-edition and it is full of great maps and drawings by Sir Ian Hamilton. I found my copy in a second hand book shop in Melbourne many years ago and I love looking through it although I haven't read it yet :)

Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

......" You are quiet and peaceful, summering safe at home; You'd never think there was a bloody war on!"( Siegfried Sassoon).....I found the perfect Great War centenary book for quiet contemplation, without the dead bodies, and  tormented Nash  skies blotting out what was a beautiful terrain of lush green fields, cornflowers and grains growing as they should under summer azure skies, white puffy clouds painted against a backdrop of blue, thick forests covered in morning mist. Something that Corot and the likes of the Impressionists would bring to bear on canvases waiting to show the world its beauty. " Silent Landscape: Battlefields of the Western Front 1914-1918 One Hundred Years On" by James Kerr is a one in a lifetime book. Printed by Helion, it is as wonderful as the earth should be. The photographs literally took my breath away as I quietly sat and meditated, not hurrying to get to the next page, on a scene of the Western Front in 2016. Gone is the medieval-hellish landscapes  of Bosch and Breughel,brought on about massive guns and the damage to the land they caused, replaced with a more monkish meditative inner quiet of Flanders fields and The Somme as it is now fully recovered . James Kerr has produced an incredible photographic essay of France in its natural glory, and it is no credit to the human race that the land had fought back after such devastation in the Great War to what it is now. I can't speak highly enough of this book and it is to the credit of Helion for having produced this volume. The larger format does service to the photographs and only adds to its beauty. War is never glorious. No one wins. The only thing left after war is remembering the pain and where to put it.I would have thought after 100 years, we might have learnt something better, but given our human history and all the battles and wars raged over thousands of years, it still seems impossible and very sad that we cannot get past our war-like genes. Go out and buy a copy of this book and see how gorgeous our earth is.

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Sounds like an exceptional book Ghost Writer and one to cherish in your library for years to come. There are certain books that I own that I love to pull out every once in a while just to browse through and read sections of text and then put away again till another time. I will keep my eyes open during my trip up in Sydney in mid August just in case there is a copy sitting on a bookshop shelve somewhere. 
​By the way, we were talking about "Five Years in Turkey" by Liman von Sanders. You can get HB editions in India for under $20. They are just photocopies of the original books bounds over there and sent post free. A good way of getting a hard to get classic at a very good price!

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Hi History Lover..Yes, " Silent Landscape" certainly is very exceptional. I also have "Zero Hour: 100 Years On Views From The Parapet of the Somme" by Jolyon Fenwick( with the cover I actually wanted), a splendid photographic book with gatefold panoramas,taken  at zero hour or close to, where the 1st July 1916 attacks took place with author notations I find very useful. Another book for contemplation. Do you have the address of who supplies these editions from India etc?

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Hi Ghost Writer, check out this link:, they are not the best final product but if you want easy and cheap access to an out of print book they are a good solution. The other mob who have a much better final presentation is: S N Books World in India, check them on Abe books for their contact details, I couldn't find a web page.

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Hi History Lover, Many thanks for that. I will check those sites out. I notice you have been elevated to " Word Warrior' just below your moniker/ tank photograph. Good one! My copy of " Playing the Game: British Junior Officers on the Western Front" by Moore-Bick arrived today from the UK, in excellent condition. Very impressed with the small time-frame and price. I noticed the other day in an earlier post you used " a historical" instead of " an historical". There is now a common trend to drop the " an" in certain English sentences. Just an observation!  Still reading Dracula and the Ottoman Empire? Why not do a book review of it when you have finished? Hope you are well.

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Hi Ghost Writer, I didn't realise I had become a 'word warrior', thanks for pointing that out :)
​I like the sounds of your latest arrival; "Playing the Game", it reminded me that I have this book still yet to read; "Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War" by John Lewis-Stempel. I have had my copy since around 2010, I'm sure to get to it sooner or later. I haven't started my Dracula book yet, still on Rommel and Napoleon in 1809 :)
Talking of new arrivals my HB copy of "Somme" by Hugh Segab-Montefiore arrived from the UK today. I prefer HB non-fiction history books rather than PB's but the Australian publishers only tend to release the paperback or card cover editions.
I would think I was typing faster than I was thinking and missed the 'n' in 'an', I sometimes type too fast! I hope you are well and still enjoying a good book, chat more later!

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Hello History Lover,  Hope you are well. Lewis-Stempel is a seasoned researcher and writer so I would expect " Six Weeks..." to be good. Hardly surprising the conditions of the British Junior Officer that he had on average six weeks of life in the trenches.I think " Playing The Game" would complement your book well. He is publishing another book in November called " Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature and the Great War" where he discusses at length the Tommies relationship with Nature on the Western Front, his passion for small-plot gardening, as evidenced in letters and diaries from the period about  small garden plots of flowerbeds around the more permanent billets. It is a must-have for me and will be ordering it close to release date. Another book of immense interest is one I found online the other day,  " Drummer Hodge: The Poetry of the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902" by Malvern Van Wyk Smith, a South African teacher( there were actually TWO Boer Wars in said period). It still remains to this day the only reference on the subject which is really surprising as poetry in that period influenced the likes of  Rupert Brookes, Siegfried Sassoon etc. Well, of course, I did order it , securing  a copy for myself as it would be invaluable to have and especially  as it was printed in 1978 and though there are  some copies in the world, prices vary immensely, some costly. Still only in h/c and mine didn't cost too much. I am extremely pleased with myself and ought to receive it from UK  in about 2 1/2  weeks.As you might know, the poem Drummer Hodge was written by  the famous Thomas Hardy which became a classic in its own right, also a rallying, sabre-rattling catch-cry for the WW1 poets and soldiers. Glad to hear your Sebag-Montefiore " Somme" has finally arrived. Any more on the horizon? Hope you are well.We had a couple of pleasant sunfilled  days here in Geelong and today, gusty  northerly winds that serve no other real purpose except to get washing  dry on the line. Cheers for now.

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Hi History Lover, Read any good books of late?

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Hi Ghost Writer, sorry for the delay in replying but my Internet was down and I had to do an upgrade and get a new router. I am off to Sydney for a few days of book shopping and cafes. I have some credit at Dymocks and a gift card so I will give you all the news on what nice titles I managed to find when I get back :)

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Sorry to hear about your internet....May your journey to Sydney be fruitful and that you bring back some interesting books!

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Hi Ghost Writer, well I'm back from Sydney and my Internet issues have been fixed (well nearly all of the issues). I had a great time in Sydney, visiting book shops and cafes and managed to come back with ten books for my library, a mixture of new and second hand. The new books include: "Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, 1917-1918" by Edward Lengel", "1666 Plague War and Hellfire" by Rebecca Rideal, "The Last Royal Rebel: The Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth" by Anna Keay. Second hand books were; "Sir Garnet Wolseley: Victorian Hero" by Halik Kochanski, "Painter of Passion: The Journal of Eugene Delacroix" and a 1904 set of four volumes on the history of the United Netherlands. It was a good trip but always good to be back home. I am currently reading this book; "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" by Alan Taylor. Having just watched the re-make of "Roots" it prompted me to read more on the subject. I hope you are well and enjoying a good book as well and I also hope the weather has been kind to you although I heard a cold front was coming though your area today?


RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Hi History Lover, it sounds like you had a great time in Sydney and back home with a bounty of good books. The 1666 Plague War and Hellfire" sounds awfully fascinating. The Journal of Eugene Delacroix is a  really interesting book. When I was studying in art school here and in Melbourne in the 80s and 90s I enjoyed Delacroix and his colours, particularly his Algerian groups. I hope you enjoy reading his journal as much as I did. I watched the first episode of the remake of Roots and didn't bother with the rest. Not really my thing, this whole slavery issue. It was a serious indictment on America, particualrly in the South. However  it has its place in history. Some of my orders have come through: " The Cambridge Companion to War Writing" by Kate McLoughlin, " Woman's Writing on the First World War:An Anthology" by Agnes Cardinal, " The Men With Broken Faces: Gueules Cassees of the First World War" by Marjorie Gerhardt and as we speak, the postman has just delivered my copy of "Wounded: The Long Journey Home from The Great War" by Emily Mayhew from the UK. Currently I have a  head cold and my sinuses are badly blocked otherwise I'm good. I hope you are well. Reading" The Great War in Irish Poetry: W B Yeats to Michael Longely" by Fran Brearton. It is an eloquently written book dealing with the impact of The Great War and the Easter Rebellion of 1916 on poets like Yeats, Graves, MacNeice etc. Dare I say Graves( and Sassoon) lived so long as to be eclipsed by the  brilliance of his Great War poetry to live out his days remembering and writing  numerous autobiographies. It is the pity of greatness and youthful brilliance to end up a grumbly old man of sorts.Let me follow that through when my head is a little clearer from this cold. Glad everything went well in Sydney!

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Hi History Lover, Here's one for you if you haven't already picked it up: " The Reconographers: Intelligence and Reconnaissance in British Tank Operations on the Western Front 1916-1918" by Colin Hardy. Helion Pub. Isbn 9781911096344 Due September this year. Cheers. I saw this in my meanderings online. Looks interesting.

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Hi Ghost Writer, I had a good time in Sydney and brought home some excellent additions to my library although my bank account needs some time to recover. I am currently reading two interesting but different books; "The Zeppelin in Combat 1912-1918" by Douglas Robinson. My copy was published in 1966, there is a newer edition about published by Schiffer (USA).
The other book is Frank McLynn's book; "Genghis Khan: His Conquests, his Empire, his Legacy". So far it has been pretty good, so much so that I dug out my DVD of the movie "Mongol" and watched that again. It was good to see that the movie stuck pretty close to the known facts (or most of them) and I am hoping that they do reconsider and complete the trilogy.

One of the books that I ordered up in Sydney arrived; "Frederick Barbarossa: The Prince and the Myth" by Prof. John Freed along with "God's Wolf" which is the story of Reynald de Chatillon and his role in the Crusades.
Sounds like you have picked up some great books as well, I hope they keep on coming :)
The weather in Canberra at the moment is wet and overcast, perfect coffee and book reading weather! OK, I'm off to open a nice bottle of Italian red and pour a glass and read some more on the Zeppeling offensive against London, hope you are well and enjoying a good book as well.

RE:Forget about Dodging Bombs and Bullets, It is The Time for Reflection...

Hi History Lover, there are some good books on the Zeppelin raids over Britain. " Gott Strafe England" vols 1 and 2 by Helion being amongst the most interesting. History Press have done a kind of series town by town of the air raids and they least appeal. Your book  sounds quite the thing and most fascinating. Schiffer are great. I have some of their books on uniforms of the 1914-1918 armies. Absolutely excellent books. I'm waiting on " Drummer Hodge: Poetry of the Anglo Boer War" to arrive from UK. Expecting it this week or early next week, with great anticipation! To date, it is the only study on the subject and it was printed in 1978. So I am very keen. " Genghis Khan" looks a great book.I'll check it out. Hope you enjoyed that Italian red and a quiet read.

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Hi History Lover,On a coldish and bleak, early Spring, mid Monday morning here in Geelong, where the winds blow up from the bay and end up a mini cyclone in my backyard, I have to say life isn't still  too shabby right now....the postman has just dropped off my copy of " Drummer Hodge; The Poetry of the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902" by M .Van Wyk Smith. Originally published by Oxford Uni Press, my hardcover edition is printed under license by them in South Africa by Protea Book House. Same thing with  the black and white illustrations..and I'm thrilled' to the back teeth' with finally having a copy of this incredible book in my library! Also arrived " The Wipers Times" in hardcover.

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Hi Ghost Writer, "Drummer Hodge" sounds like an excallent addition to your library, well done :)

​I have finished my book on the Zeppelins in combat during the Great War, it was a well researched book and although published in the 1960's still a very good account. I have continued with my WW1 reading and finally picked up another older book; "The Bastard War: The Mesopotamian Campaign of 1914-1918" by A. J. Barker, first published in 1967. It has been a pretty good account so far.
I have also purchased a copy of this Imperial War Museum book; "Arras: The spring 1917 offensive in panoramas including Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt" by Peter Barton. Its a large landscape book of over 300 pages, very nicely presented with pull out maps and panoramic photographs of the battlefields.
I am also still reading my book on Genghis Khan by Frank McLynn, again another pretty interesting book and one that I am enjoying on the rainy days up here in Canberra.
I hope you are well and enjoying a good book or two and hopefully your weather is better than mine, but then again its perfect reading weather eh!

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Hello History Lover,  Yes, " Drummer Hodge" is excellent and I wait with expectation of another book on this subject, if not only to "upgrade' some moot points. Sarah Cole and the like have used his book extensively in their research of WW1 writing and its roots in Georgian and Victorian poetry. As C. J. Dennis says: ' I dips me lid to him" for such an insightful  volume.  Good to hear you are reading Barton. He has several books on the market in the same panoramic  vein as your "Arras". A well respected author and researcher. I did buy a copy of " Six Weeks" by Lewis-Stempel but could only get a paperback copy. However that will do. It should arrive from the UK in the next little while. Also my " " Memory, Narrative and the Great War: Rifleman McGill etc and " A Sense of Shock: Impressionism and Writing in Britain and Ireland" by Parkes have both left the UK and on their way to me in the next few days.   Your " Genghis Khan" sounds a wonderful read and I look forward to hearing more about it soon. Currently reading " Playing  The Game" by Moore-Bick ( Helion) and " Voices of Silence" by Noakes you sent me. It fills in a gap of WW1 poetry of the not so well known works that were written in response to the War. Very impressed.  Today is a little sunny with gusty winds and strato-cumulus  clouds, puffy little cotton wool clouds and azure sky . Tad chilly.

' " He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".....-In Arms on The Long Carry'

Dr Emily Mayhew's " Wounded" is a sensitive account of those who rescued, treated and literally, carried,  the wounded to the First Aid Posts close to the frontline  fighting. Padres, MOs, stretcher bearers, orderlys and nurses are nearly forgotten in the bloody conflict fought by belligerent nations. They went across No Man's Land in search of these men, in the dark, across the  pitted and cratered terrain, loaded down with  blankets,panniers, water, morphine and bandages and other equipment. Often the bearers became victims of snipers and barbed wire entanglements and any number of perils that faced them in their quest to bring in the wounded and maimed. It is the first real account apart from  the official histories and memoirs, of the stretcher bearers, medics and nurses ,to be published. It makes one cringe more than a little, even for a seasoned military historian like myself, to read of these mad dashes across a vast emptiness to rescue one soldier, the burden of them on ones back, while enduring injuries of their own, sometimes even death. There is no glamour in a stretcher bearer's job. And rarely a thanks because the wounded were moved on as quickly as possible to a CCS(Casualty Clearing Station) and maybe on to Blighty if the soldier was seriously enough wounded or maimed. The carry was never easy and these individuals  often did an unrewarded job in the face of horrendous conditions. Mayhew has produced a  very readable account of these life savers in the Great War and should be congratulated for her efforts in this rather ground-breaking book. Personally I would liked to have seen something with a little more depth to this study because it is worthy of it ; I'm not keen on the Narrative with a subject such as this. It doesn't do anything to elevate the researcher's credentials and effort put into it. Mayhew has written better books and articles in a style more suited to her academic status. The subject of The Wounded really deserves to be more academically treated and not in a  popular military history style. Not being entirely distracted with style, her book is important and needs qualifing in the Centenary books on the Great War.  There are also  other books one can consult; she  has written up her bibliography after each chapter with references to be consulted. There are now more and more of these studies being published in this Centenary on World World One, on Shell Shock, Gueules Cassees, and the like.  No one should be forgotten, not just the fighting men, those auxilary services as well that kept body and soul together as much as possible in the war. We still need to learn the lessons from this war, repeated 21 years after and what seems endless conflicts around the globe now. It begins with the individual...

Jane Abbott's "Watershed"

Watershed is set in a harsh and broken world. 

A calamitous change in climate has seen seas rise and consume coastal cities while shifts in rainfall have left the remaining landmass to bake and burn . 

It is an unforgiving world where brutality and fear are ever present in the daily struggle for survival.

Like George R. R. Martin's Westeros, the world Jane Abbott has created is one where ruthlessness reigns and trust, integrity and compassion will get you killed.

Jem is a Watchman of the Citadel, a walled city with a fuedal economy where goods and services are paid in quarts of water.

Jem takes his orders from the Tower.  He's unusual because he can read.  All surviving books have been collected and are locked behind the walls of the Tower. The knowledge they contain is restricted to the shadowy and repressive Council whose rules are enforced on a down trodden society by the bully boys in their Guard.

Watchmen have no friends.  They work alone to quell insurgencies and quietly take out dissidents with lethal efficiency.  Jem is their best assasin but he is not prepared for the events that over take him.

A word to the wise: trust no one.

This is an exceptionally good novel of intrigue, violence and secrets.  Jem is up against it and his survival, to find love and his own way in in the world, balances on a knife edge.

A great first novel by Jane Abbott.

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