Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful : Innocence and love, courage and cowardice

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Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller.

Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion.

Both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War, this book will reach everyone from 9 to 90.
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 181.44g
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007150075
  • 9780007150076
  • 9,986

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Heroism or cowardice? A story of the World War I.
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His [Tommo's] journey from agricultural labourer to cannon fodder is movingly told...Michael Morpurgo is expert at getting through to his readers. He writes here about events that should never be forgotten nor forgiven, and does so most effectively.

...full of warmth as well as grief, conveying vividly how precious it is to be alive...
Sunday Times

The best novel he's written since The Butterfly Lion.

Deserved to last as an insight into the First World War in the same way as, say, The Silver Sword or Goodnight Mr Tom.

A poignant, elegiac novel.
Daily Mail
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About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children, and has sold more than 35 million books around the world. He has written more than 150 novels and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award, while several of his books have been adapted for stage and screen, including the global theatrical phenomenon War Horse. Michael was Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005, and founded the charity Farms for City Children with his wife, Clare. He was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity.
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15,453 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 43% (6,676)
4 36% (5,497)
3 17% (2,590)
2 3% (513)
1 1% (177)

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I thought that this book was brilliant, and in some parts, very unhappy. It is about two doleful characters, who go to war. They are brothers; Charlie and Tom. When the story starts, Tom is just starting school, as the story develops, Tom turns sixteen, and he and his brother Charlie go to war, against the Germans. This is a delightful and heart-warming story, that is definately worth a read!show more
by noel mcardle
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