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The Middle Parts of Fortune : Somme And Ancre, 1916

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A moving, raw and powerful novel about fighting on the front - 'The finest and noblest book of men in war that I have ever read' (Ernest Hemingway)

Bourne is a private fighting on the front. He is under pressure to accept a commission and become an officer, but he prefers to be among the ranks, drawn into the universal struggle for survival in a world gone mad.

Manning's startling work is unlike any other First World War novel in its portrayal of the lives of ordinary British soldiers: the trauma of the Somme; the moments of bloodlust; the camaraderie, rivalry, alcohol and boredom. Considered obscene for its language and previously published in censored form as Her Privates We, The Middle Parts of Fortune appears here in its raw, unexpurgated version.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 200g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141393416
  • 9780141393414
  • 219,847

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Outstanding. Almost certainly the finest work of its kind to emerge from the war -- Max Hastings * Guardian * I read it over once each year to remember how things really were -- Ernest Hemingway The finest novel to come out of the First World War -- William Boyd
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About Frederic Manning

Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His books include The House of Rothschild, Empire, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, The Great Degeneration and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. His many prizes include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).
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