The Darkness and the Thunder

The Darkness and the Thunder

1915: The Great War Series


The second in Stewart Binns' acclaimed Great War Series, The Darkness and the Thunder is a sweeping story of war following five families through the terrifying conditions of the Western Front, the slaughter of Gallipoli and the heartbreak of those left at home.

'The book on the conflict remembered 100 years on' Jon Wise, Sunday Sport


The Western Front is a wasteland of barbed wire, shell craters and mud-filled trenches. Winston Churchill, searching for a solution to the stalemate, commits the Allies to a disastrous Gallipoli campaign.

As men on both sides die in droves, miners and mill-workers work tirelessly for the war effort while families confront the broken bodies of returning soldiers. Nurses, soldiers, politicians, factory-workers and children - all are torn apart by war, and for husbands and sons, mothers and wives, the old way of life is vanishing.


Praise for Stewart Binns:

'Anyone with even a vague interest in Britain and the Great War should read The Shadow of War' Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill

'Stewart Binns has produced a real page-turner, a truly stunning adventure story' Alastair Campbell

'A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction . . . this is storytelling at its best' Daily Mail

'Unique, entertaining and eye-opening' Robin Carter, Parmenion Books

'A tour de force of writing brilliance' Books Monthly

'Unarguably heart-warming... will leave any reader with a sense of British pride' Goodreads

'Truly a book that educates while entertaining, a talent of this best-selling author' Historical Novel Review


  • Anyone with even a vague interest in Britain and the Great War should read Shadow of War
    Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill

About the author

Stewart Binns

Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic. He passed selection for the SAS in 1980 and served for three years before settling into a career as a schoolteacher, specialising in English and history. Later in life he began a successful career in television. He has won a BAFTA, a Grierson, an RTS and a Peabody for his documentaries.

Stewart has written two highly acclaimed historical series. Betrayal, a standalone, is his seventh novel.
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