The Somme also including The Coward

Arthur Donald Gristwood, H. G. Wells

Unflinching descriptions of life in the trenches and the horrors of battle in WWI characterise these two dark novellas, written under the tutelage of H. G Wells.
Publication date:
May 2016
Publisher :
Casemate UK
Language:
English
Series :
Casemate Classic War Fiction
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781612003801
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£8.99
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Overview
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• The inaugural season of Casemate's new Classic War Fiction series
• Detailed portrayal of life in the trenches for the ordinary soldier in WWI
• Characters that readers will identify with, despite unheroic actions

‘The million British dead have left no books behind. What they felt as they died hour by hour in the mud, or were choked horribly with gas, or relinquished their reluctant lives on stretchers, no witness tells. But here is a book that almost tells it……Mr Gristwood has had the relentless simplicity to recall things as they were; he was as nearly dead as he could be without dying, and he has smelt the stench of his own corruption. This is the story of millions of men - of millions.' - H. G. Wells, from the preface

In The Somme and its companion The Coward, first published in 1927, the heroics of war and noble self-sacrifice are completely absent; replaced by the gritty realism of life in WWI for the ordinary soldier, and the unflinching portrayal of the horrors of war. Written under the guidance of the master storyteller H. G. Wells, they are classics of the genre.

The Somme revolves around a futile attack in 1916 during the Somme campaign. Everitt, the central protagonist is wounded and moved back through a series of dressing stations to the General Hospital at Rouen. Both in and out of the line he behaves selfishly and unheroically, but despite this his circumstances and the conditions around him make his actions easy to understand. Based on A D Gristwood's own wartime experiences, critics have said that few other accounts of the war give such an accurate picture of trench life.

The Coward concerns a man who shoots himself in the hand to escape the war, during the March 1918 retreat - an offence punishable by death. He gets away with it, but is haunted by fear of discovery and self-loathing.

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Together, these works offer a vivid, immersive view of the First World War and the suffering it inflicted on the men who fought it.
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