The Road Home

The Road Home : The Aftermath of the Great War Told by the Men and Women Who Survived It

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How the men and women of Britain found 'the road home' after the Great War. From the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE LOST POST.11am, 11.11.1918: the war is finally over. After four long years Britain welcomed her heroes home. Wives and mothers were reunited with loved ones they'd feared they'd never see again. Fathers met sons and daughters born during the war years for the very first time. It was a time of great joy - but it was also a time of enormous change. The soldiers and nurses who survived life at the Front faced the reality of rebuilding their lives in a society that had changed beyond recognition. How did the veterans readjust to civilian life? How did they cope with their war wounds, work and memories of lost comrades? And what of the people they returned to - the independent young women who were asked to give up the work they had been enjoying, the wives who had to readjust to life with men who seemed like strangers?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 281.23g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 16 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0753827204
  • 9780753827208
  • 665,498

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A poignant and profound collection of memories, it provides essential reading for all. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * This fascinating and sensitive accuont shows how veterans coped with war wounds, work and memories of those lost. * HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER * Fascinating and highly readable. Now that no one is around to tell these stories it is invaluable that they have been put into print -- especially in such an accessible form. * CATHOLIC HERALD * A deeply poignant and thought provoking read. * SOUTH WALES ARGUS * Arthur's easily digestible anthology of poignant memories and personal testimonies is as moving as it is important. * BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH *show more

About Max Arthur

Max Arthur is the bestselling author of LAST POST and FORGOTTEN VOICES OF THE GREAT WAR. His other oral history titles include the classic work on the Falklands Campaign, ABOVE ALL, COURAGE. He is the military obituary writer for the more

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Since the late 1990s, there have been a spate of books in the market on the First World War, re-examining its effects on the present day and hearing again the voices of its dwindling number of veterans. Now, with the passing of the last veteran 5 months ago, they are all gone and with them, that living link to a world that now seems to many of us living today as remote as the days of antiquity. This book offers the reader the opportunity to hear, in the words of soldiers and civilians alike, their reactions to the news of the war's end on November 11th, 1918, their struggles in the early postwar era to find work and readjust to "life on civvy street", and in their twilight years, their reappraisal of the sacrifices they had made, as well as their hopes for future generations. When I read this book, I felt as if these people were not dead, but speaking directly to me with a freshness and clarity of thought that I could appreciate. In summing up this review, I wish to cite the following remarks from Sergeant W.J. Collins, who had served in the Royal Army Medical Corps: "They were a wonderful generation ... let's face it, there were we, at the beginning of the war, the regular soldier, tough hardened from India and South Africa, and then the 1st Army, Kitchener's ... grand men they were. I watched a battalion of them march into battle on the Somme in 1916, and I thought to myself, 'My God! What a wonderful lot of chaps.' Fine physically, good, well set up, good marching ... it was a fine generation. It's a great pity it was decimated."show more
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