• the pleasure of the book is in the straightforward human responses . . . simplicity scores higher than writerly rhetoric

    Libby Purves, The Times
  • As you would expect from [. . .] Sebastian Faulks, the selections have extraordinary literary power . . . they speak with distinctive voices, which echo in the mind.

    Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • a marvellous collection

    Arifa Akbar, Independent
  • it is the pain, suffering and confusion that dominates this impressive work, the reality of warfare summed up by Private Frank Cocker, who wrote from the front in 1915 following the loss of his brother, “My heart is so stunned I don’t know whether it is broken or not.”

    Daily Express
  • It is very much the First World War anthology for our time.

    Evening Standard

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