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Wounded : The Long Journey Home from the Great War

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By (author) Emily Mayhew

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This is shortlisted for the welcome book prize. Wounded is the story of a journey: from injury on the battlefield to recovery in Britain. It is the story of the soldiers themselves, from the aid post in the trenches to the casualty clearing station in the rear, from the base hospital to the ambulance train returning them to Blighty. But it is also the story of those who cared for them - stretcher bearers and medical officers, surgeons and chaplains, nurses and ambulance drivers. People on the verge of collapse, overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of casualties and terrible injuries who, with determination and improvisation, saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Wounded is the story of the men and women who made it possible.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 24mm | 220g
  • 06 Mar 2014
  • VINTAGE
  • London
  • 0099584182
  • 9780099584186
  • 127,055

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Emily Mayhew is the author of Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty, 1914-1918. She is Research Associate at Imperial College and consultant and lecturer to various museums including the Wellcome Collection, the Imperial War Museum and the Royal College of Surgeons. Her first book, The Reconstruction of Warriors, was published in 2004. Emily's primary research interest is the history of the medical treatment of severe casualty in 20th and 21st century warfare. She is determined to ensure that, in particular, the work and courage of the stretcher bearers of the Great War is properly represented during the centenary commemorations. During Autumn of 2014 she will be speaking at the Royal Institution, the Cheltenham Literary Festival, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Liverpool History Society, the Florence Nightingale Museum, and the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution Great War Centenary Commemoration.

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"An original and absorbing account... [Mayhew] has a marvellous eye for quirky and horrifying detail... Absolutely compelling" -- Peter Parker Times Literary Supplement "Mayhew deftly describes such daily horrors as shattered jaws and severed arteries, filthy uniforms and decay. What takes the book beyond the standard accounts of the trenches, however, is its depiction of how such terrible circumstances forced people to respond in remarkable ways" -- Victoria Segal Guardian "Wounded is a powerful and descriptive read, and through it I found a greater understanding of what it was to be part of that war" -- Sarah Mullally Church Times "Among the many books commemorating the conflict, one stands out for its specialisation. This is Wounded... Mayhew is to be commended for giving us these testimonies" -- Colin Gardiner Oxford Times "A fascinating read" -- Stephen Coulson Lady

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