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    DescriptionFlanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet, is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with his murder. Douglas Kingsley is a conscientious objector, previously a detective with the London police, now imprisoned for his beliefs. He is released and sent to France in order to secure a conviction. Forced to conduct his investigations amidst the hell of The Third Battle of Ypres, Kingsley soon discovers that both the evidence and the witnesses he needs are quite literally disappearing into the mud that surrounds him. Ben Elton's tenth novel is a gut-wrenching historical drama which explores some fundamental questions. What is murder? What is justice in the face of unimaginable daily slaughter? And where is the honour in saving a man from the gallows if he is only to be returned to die in a suicidal battle? As the gap between legally-sanctioned and illegal murder becomes evermore blurred, Kingsley quickly learns that the first casualty when war comes is truth.


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    Title
    The First Casualty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Elton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 313 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780552771306
    ISBN 10: 0552771309
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 550
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    Ingram Subject Code: FM
    Libri: I-FM
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 69
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREWWI
    B&T Approval Code: P25203000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC022060, FIC031000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC022000, FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Black Swan
    Publication date
    27 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time. He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty. He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You. He is married with three children.
    Review quote
    "A work of formidable imaginative scope ... the writing is so good, the language so surprisingly subtle and the characters so beautifully delineated" Daily Telegraph "Riveting action scenes bristle with a queasy energy ... unputdownable and disgustingly realistic" Sunday Telegraph "Elton writes a good crime story with lots of twists and excitement" -- Henry Sutton Daily Mirror