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War is hell. On the Home Front too.

My father served in WWII in the RAF, though he spent most of his years there as a navigation instructor, not in combat. He was posted to North Africa. I think that for the rest of his life he missed … Continue reading

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Five Children (and It) on the Western Front

“War is a Bloody Waste.” Not my words, but my father’s- and he served in WWII. So how does the charming Edwardian children’s story relate to War? Around 1945-1950 I read lots of children’s stories, (even though most of the … Continue reading

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“The Pity War Distilled”

Euripides’ Trojan Women was written the year after Athens sacked and andropodised Melos. (That means killing all the men and enslaving all the women and children.) Conquering armies do not usually write plays from the point of view of the … Continue reading

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Private Peaceful.

Private Peaceful, by Michael Morpurgo, is one of many books about WWI which are being highlighted this year in the library, schools and bookshops here in Abingdon. This is written for children/young adults, but is well worth reading by adults. … Continue reading

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Birdsong: Sebastian Faulks

I have always loved the poetry of sorrow and anger and pain and loss that came from the First World War. At first came Rupert Brooke, but later Wilfrid Owen, and many others too. Patriotism was around me as a … Continue reading

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